And now, I want to read to you my formal proclamation of this occasion:
The Allied armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help, have wrung from Germany a
final and unconditional surrender. The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for
five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions
of free-born men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their homes, corrupted their
children, and murdered their loved ones. Our Armies of Liberation have restored freedom to these
suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave.
Much remains to be done. The victory won in the West must now be won in the East. The whole world must
be cleansed of the evil from which half the world has been freed. United, the peace-loving nations
have demonstrated in the West that their arms are stronger by far than the might of the dictators or
the tyranny of military cliques that once called us soft and weak. The power of our peoples to
defend themselves against all enemies will be proved in the Pacific war as it has been proved in Europe.
For the triumph of spirit and of arms which we have won, and for its promise to the peoples everywhere who
join us in the love of freedom, it is fitting that we, as a nation, give thanks to Almighty God, who
has strengthened us and given us the victory.
Now, therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby appoint
Sunday, May 13, 1945, to be a day of prayer.
I call upon the people of the United States, whatever their faith, to unite in offering joyful thanks
to God for the victory we have won, and to pray that He will support us to the end of our present struggle
and guide us into the ways of peace.
I also call upon my countrymen to dedicate this day of prayer to the memory of those who have given
their lives to make possible our victory.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand
Wow. Sure glad we're all too smart for that kind of thinking now.