Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

WE cannot approach the Christmas season of 1942 without experiencing decidedly conflicting sentiments.

On the one hand is the highly hopeful outlook in the war picture, so tremendously improved since the Pearl Harbor period — just a year ago; and closely tied in with the war effort is the great contribution of the country’s fire service, growing constantly more important, both in fact and in the public mind.

But on the other hand is the remembrance of the recent Boston night club tragedy and the lesson it points, to public officials, to the fire service and to manufacturers — to every last one of us, indeed, who is connected with the fire service.

An occasional battle on the war front must be lost; but the loss of a major battle on the home front is something that it is our united responsibility to prevent. We can and we must make a repetition impossible!

So, with a new sense of our professional responsibilities we send the Season’s Greetings to All!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

ONCE more it is our privilege and our pleasure to extend warmest greetings of the season to our many good friends throughout the fire field.

This year, perhaps more than at any other time in all the history of the world, we can truly appreciate what it means to be living in peace and happiness.

If only the spirit of Christmas could be projected across the water to all the unhappy warring peoples of the world!

Let us hope that before another year rolls ’round, the same Christmas spirit that has prompted so many fire departments to devote their services to the repair and redistribution of old toys so that little children may be made happy, will be projected far and wide, across the seas, until all the world again is happy!