Remarks in Huntingburg, Indiana

April 04, 1905

Gentlemen and ladies:

It is a great pleasure to catch this glimpse of you and greet you on my way down to the reunion of my old regiment at San Antonio, Texas. There is one thing I am always impressed with in going through this country, and that is, down at bottom, east or west, north or south, wherever you meet the average American, he is a pretty good American.

In greeting all of you, I want to say that while I am particularly glad to see the men and the women, I think I am even more glad to see the children. I think the American stock is a middling good one, and I do not want to see it die out. I see here men who wear the button that shows that they fought in the great war. They have left us a legacy not only of how to do our duty in war, but in peace. Let us of the younger generation try to keep up their standard.

Theodore Roosevelt, Remarks in Huntingburg, Indiana Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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