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Churchill During NPR Pledge Week

I have myself full confidence that if all do their duty,
if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made,
as they are being made,
we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our island home,
to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny,
if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
But to do that, we need you.
Whatever amount, no matter how small you believe it to be, it’s significant to us. If you enjoy this country as much as I do, show it, please.
Do that by going to your phone right now and showing your support.
We have a great year of planning ahead of us.
We tackle the important issues, like Nazis, and to do that properly, successfully, we need your assistance.
I can’t stress enough how much we need it, because we plan on winning.
At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do.
That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government, every man of them.
That is the will of Parliament and the nation.
The British Empire and the French Republic,
linked together in their cause and in their need,
will defend to the death their native soil,
aiding each other like good comrades
to the utmost of their strength.
We have a gift certificate from Ellen’s Bakery.
All that takes is a pledge of $25 or more. Just $25.
You will enjoy the very best brownies from Ellen’s.
An I Support England beach tote is yours at the $100 level.
It’s lovely, really. And it shows that you’re one of those folks
who doesn’t take their country for granted, but actively supports it.
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States
have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo
and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule,
we shall not flag or fail.
But to give you the country that you like takes money. It’s not cheap.
And it’s more important than ever that you rise to the occasion and pledge.
You might think that you’ll get us next year, but there might not be a next year.
To guarantee that you have the same country you love, the same monuments,
the same great officials – who aren’t Nazis – we need you to phone in right now.
Make a pledge. We’re going to be here until we reach our financial goals.
We shall go on to the end.
We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air,
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be,
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds,
We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets,
We shall fight in the hills;
We shall never surrender.
So please. Right now there are only four of our folks on the phone.
That means millions of you are holding off, waiting. Don’t wait.
We need your support.
And thank you to Anne Lancaster. She just pledged $125.
The beach tote is hers. The gift certificate to Ellen’s Bakery.
And she earns our thanks, as the kind of countryman we count on.
But still, that’s a drop in the bucket considering what we need to raise.
And even if, which I do not for a moment believe,
this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving,
then our Empire beyond the seas,
armed and guarded by the British Fleet,
would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time,
the new world, with all its power and might,
steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
But let’s not let it get to that point.
Please, go to the phone.
It takes two minutes, and can make a world of difference.


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