"The President's Greeting"

Reprinted from a message from the President of the United States in Happy Days and recreated in the CCC Enrollees Handbook circa 1940:

     I welcome the opportunity to extend a greeting to the men who constitute the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is my belief that what is being accomplished will conseerve our national resources, create future national wealth and prove of moral and spiritual value. not only to those of you who are taking part, but to the rest of the country as well.

     You young men who are enrolled in this work are to be congratulated. It is my honest conviction that what you are doing in the way of constructive service will bring you, personally and individually, returns the value of which it is difficult to estimate.

     Physically fit, as demonstrated by the examinations you took before entering the camps, the clean life and hard work in which you are engaged cannot fail to help your physical condition and you should emerge from this experience, strong and rugged ready for re-entrance into the ranks of industry, better equipped than before.

     I want to congratulate you on the opportunity you have, and to extend to you my appreciation for the hearty cooperation which you have given this movement, so vital a step in the nation's fight against depression, and to wish you a pleasant, wholesome and constructive stay in the CCC.

-----  Franklin Delano Roosevelt

         President of the United States

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