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MacArthur's Speeches: Radio Message from the Leyte Beachhead
MacArthur uttered these dramatic words to Filipinos just moments after he waded
ashore at Red Beach, during the height of the fiercely contested Leyte
invasion. With his feet finally back on Philipppine soil, and his pledge at
last being fulfilled, MacArthur spoke with great emotion:
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES:
I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on
Philippine soil -- soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have
come, dedicated and committed, to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy
control over your daily lives, and of restoring, upon a foundation of
indestructible, strength, the liberties of your people.
At my side is your President, Sergio Osmena, worthy successor of that great
patriot, Manuel Quezon, with members of his cabinet. The seat of your
government is now therefore firmly re- established on Philippine soil.
The hour of your redemption is here. Your patriots have demonstrated an
unswerving and resolute devotion to the principles of freedom that challenges
the best that is written on the pages of human history. I now call upon your
supreme effort that the enemy may know from the temper of an aroused and
outraged people within that he has a force there to contend with no less
violent than is the force committed from without.
Rally to me. Let the indomitable spirit of Bataan and Corregidor lead on. As
the lines of battle roll forward to bring you within the zone of operations,
rise and strike. Strike at every favorable opportunity. For your homes and
hearths, strike! For future generations of your sons and daughters, strike! In
the name of your sacred dead, strike! Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be
steeled. The guidance of divine God points the way. Follow in His Name to the
Holy Grail of righteous victory!
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