• It is my earnest hope - indeed the hope of all mankind - that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past, a world found upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice.

    Opening and Closing Statements at the Japanese Surrender Ceremony, delivered 2 September 1945, USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, Japan
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