A Patriot's Farewell
Carlos P. Romulo, soldier, statesman, and Philippine patriot, who served with General MacArthur in World War II, played a leading role in creating the United Nations, presided over the UN General Assembly, and was ambassador to the United States for many years. This was his memorable message as he prepared to return to his homeland:
I am going home, America—farewell. For seventeen years I have enjoyed your hospitality, visited every one of your 50 states. I can say I know you well. I admire and love America. It is my second home. What I have to say now in parting is both a tribute and a warning: never forget, Americans, that yours is a spiritual country. Yes, I know that you are a practical people. Like others, I have marveled at your factories, your skyscrapers, your arsenals. But underlying everything else is the fact that America began as a God-loving, God-fearing, God-worshipping people, know that there is a spark of the Divine in each one of us. It is this respect for the dignity of the human spirit which makes America invincible. May it always endure. And so I say again in parting, thank you, America, and farewell. May God keep you always; may you always love God.