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Page 24 text:
ADDRESS of WELCOME
Ladies and Gentlemen:
In behalf of the Senior Class of 1944 I bid you welcome. For some twelve years I have looked
forward to this day. This morning I am not so sure that I am happy about the occasion.
In past years the president of a graduation class might have spoken about how those going out
from such an event as this are to take a place in the Nation's industry, or about how some would con-
tinue their education along the lines of their individual interests. It is not that way today.
Almost overnight our country has decreed that boys are now men and that girls are now women.
We are called upon to do our part in a cause which stands before us as both a great challenge and a
great opportunity forservice. We have attended high school as boys and quickly have become men,
many of whom are soon to train for military service on land, on sea, or in the air. High school girls
are quickly becoming women, many of whom are soon to serve in uniforms of the Army or Navy, to
become nurses, or to carry on many other types of work which will release a man for a fighting position.
As we gather here in peace and comfort to graduate, it is with the realization that our country is
one of the few in which there is no fear of falling bombs. Our future and that of our country and our
way of life depends upon the outcome of this great conflict.
In this critical situation the youth of America can be relied upon to fulfill every expectation.
There are many things that affect our lives over which we have little or no control, yet there are import-
ant factors to which we shall hold fast. Our pledge is that, come what may, our faith will be unshaken,
our interest will be sustained, and our work will be continued at whatever tasks we are assigned.
We who graduate from high school today will have no control over many conditions. Yet we
do have control over our attitude toward the problems facing all, and it is in this attitude that our pledge
The fact that this graduating class selected me as it president commends me to you as its repre-
sentative. On behalf of the class of 1944 I thank you for the great opportunity you have afforded us in
providing a good school for us to attend which is surely ample evidence of your faith and interest in us.
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Page 25 text:
JOHN D, GRAHAM
TI-IG GOLDEN HGG OF HITIGRICH
Every nation has declared a golden age and dreamed of its coming in lofty poetry, romantic song,
radiant truth, and confident proclamation. Israel has given to the world the golden age of prophetic truth
and hope, Greece, the golden age of culture, Rome, the golden age of powerg Italy, the golden age of
art and beauty, England, the golden age of literature, France, the golden age of democracy, when upon
every public edifice were inscribed three words: ''Liberty-Equality-Fraternity." America will endure
long enough to incorporate its hopes and aims into the constitution of its national life and the fabric of
civilization around the wide, wide world.
The first stepping stone to this golden age upon these shores is government. Our government
stands upon the secure foundation of liberty-liberty for self-development, national expansion, the pur-
suit of happiness and unity. Human progress follows along the lines of free government. Toleration
is another step upon which America will move on to its golden age. It involves freedom of conscience,
for, as the poet says,
"Whatever creed be taught or land be tread,
Man's conscience is the oracle of God."
The moral law must be a foundational principle of the golden age, and thus are protected the dignity and
rights of the individual. justice for men in every area of life will also assure us the day of golden
dreams, for in Disraeli's words, "justice is truth in action." Many are the attributes of the golden age,
and after the long list is well considered, the last word, the cap-stone of the structure, will be brother-
hood. Our own poet Edwin Markham expresses the idea of America's to-morrow when he says:
"The crest and crowning of all good,
Life's final star, is Brotherhood."
The dreams of Alfred Tennyson will come true when America shall realize its plan for brother-
hood. Of all people our nation is best designed by the manner of its life, its sense of union and free-
dom, its belief in justice, its practice of toleration, its trust in democratic government, its faith in God,
to lead in this attainment. The American nation can lead the way to the golden age for all the world
and bring to pass the hope of the great poet:
For I dipp'd into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the Vision of the world and the wonder that would beg
Till the war-drum throbb'd no longer, and the battle-flags were furled
In the parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
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