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Franklin D. Roosevelt: Letter Praising the Heroism of the Greeks.
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113 - Letter Praising the Heroism of the Greeks.
October 29, 1942
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My dear Mr. Ambassador:

On the early morning of October 28, 1940, the Fascist aggressors handed an ultimatum to Greece. The challenge was hurled back without a moment's hesitation. This was what might have been expected from a gallant and courageous people devoted to their homeland. You commemorate tonight the second anniversary of the beginning of the total resistance of the Greek people to totalitarian warfare.

More significant, even, than the initial reply to the challenge is the fact that Greece has continued to fight, with every means at its command. When the Greek mainland was overrun, the resistance was carried on from the islands. When the islands fell, resistance continued from Africa, from the seas, from anywhere the aggressor could be met.

To those who prefer to compromise, to follow a course of expediency, or to appease, or to count the cost, I say that Greece has set the example which every one of us must follow until the despoilers of freedom everywhere have been brought to their just doom.

Very sincerely yours,

His Excellency,
Cimon P. Diamantopoulos,
Ambassador of Greece,
Washington, D.C.



Citation: Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Letter Praising the Heroism of the Greeks.," October 29, 1942. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=16185.
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