Letter to the Columbus Citizens' Committee in New York City.
[Released October 11, 1955. Dated September 15, 1955]
To the Columbus Citizens' Committee:
The memory of Christopher Columbus--a common heritage of the Old and New World--is even in the Atomic Age a source of inspiration to all who, under God, would search the unknown and advance the frontiers of human knowledge for the betterment of mankind. Out of courage, perseverance in purpose and unshakable confidence in his principles, he fashioned a new age in human history.
Those same qualities today can strengthen the men and women of the United States and of all freedom--loving countries in the search for prosperity with fair opportunity, for peace with justice. If we are courageous and persevering and confident, dedicated in mission and decent in purpose, as was Columbus, we too shall build a new and better world for human living.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Note: This letter was sent to the Committee, which was holding its annual dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on October 11. It was released at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Letter to the Columbus Citizens' Committee in New York City. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/233619