Signs of the Times

[From the Journal of the National Education Association, Washington, D. C.]

Alvin M. Owsley, speaking on the peace-time program of the American Legion, has said that the dream and the heart's desire of the American Legion, of this new legion of soldiers carrying stone for the building of cities, is a vision of a white city with schools, down whose pleasant ways no child wanders in unwilling ignorance. The legion of the veterans of America has consecrated itself to the building of this city strong against all disaster in the days to come. This city of ours shall be a city with sentinels, and you of the Army of Education and we of the American Legion shall mount guard along its walls, vigilant alike against ignorance within and aggression from without. This city shall be a city with towers, and you and we shall build it upward in the sunlight of that peace of which the price is eternal vigilance, till its high skyline traces across the very heavens the story of the greatest renaissance known to history, the American renaissance of art and knowledge under liberty. This city shall be a city founded on a rock, the rock of service, willingly accorded a free nation by you who teach and by us who strive; by us who quarry the stone and bring it to you, who shape and set it in the walls. We bring you our sympathy and strong hope, and the offer of the best in our power. May you say of us in the days to come, more even than men said of those legions of old Rome: This is the American Legion; it defends cities and it builds them higher and lordlier for the generations yet to come.

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February 17, 1923

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