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Canada and the United States: two nations one by mutuality of free choice. Elements of the speaker's relationship with Canada and Canadians. The views expressed those of the speaker, not of the U.S. War Department. Similarities between Canada and the U.S., in particular with regard to war. The failure of a permanent peace. What the Frenchman might be thinking about these days. The unlimited emergency proclaimed by President Roosevelt May 27, 1941. The known objectives of the Axis belligerents. The President's proclamation on September 11th, of the means the U.S. would employ in defence of this hemisphere and to maintain the freedom of the seas. The "jelling" of the minds of the American people as indicated in a recent Gallup Poll who believe that the defeat of Hitler is more important than the preservation of peace. The problems of preparing military forces and how those problems differ from those of 1917. The U.S. contribution to the war effort. Details of production that can be revealed. Tanks, guns, ammunition, aircraft, deliveries of equipment, transportation, benefits of the principle of standardization. 250 projects placed under the direction of the Quartermaster General, entailing the expenditure of nearly two billions of dollars, including troop housing, general hospitals, Ordnance manufacturing plants and storage depots, general storage depots, chemical warfare plants, and miscellaneous projects. Details of the building operation. Housing the new American Army. The Corps of Engineers and what they must do. The national defense features of the Civilian Aeronautics Administration of navigation improvements in rivers and harbours, as well as flood control projects of a specific national defense value as just part of the job. Men as still the most important element of all. The power of the voluntary latent dynamics of a democracy, once roused. The pledge of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce and their fulfillment of it. The speaker concludes his remarks with Lieutenant John McCrae's words in "In Flanders fields …."