"Recognition Day" Speech Manuscript
A handwritten manuscript for a speech at an annual social event for veterans of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
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Recognition Day [in large letters]
GENTLEMEN Written in May 1982
I'm so glad you invited me to attend your annual recognition day party. It gives me an opportunity to see what the CCC has done for you men -- to see how well you have utilized what you have received. from the CCC. to its full potential.
That brings me to the meat of what I have to say.
The greatest accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps were:
No. 1. It made fine men like you out of fine boys like you were. Bear in mind that this includes helping your families by sending an allotment home every month, learning to love and respect your fellow man as you went about your work and play. You learned how to do by doing. This provided a great deal that would enable you to grow into successful and self-sufficient manhood. It taught you be thankful to God for His countless blessings.
No. 2. The Civilian Conservation Corps helped the whole country try to "get on its feet" -- economically and in manpower. It did thousands and thousands of jobs that needed to be done but there just wasn't money nor manpower for the agencies and departments to do them.
The list of needs is a very long one but I shall list only a few.
Parks -- national, state and local. Work on parks entailed more or less of everything: surveying, planning (designing), fire control, trails, roads, picnic areas & facilities, overlook and parking areas, cabins, personnel housing, public use buildings, utilities, etc.
Forests, national state and local. Forest needs included fire control, reforestation, personnel housing, fire towers, communication lines. In a few forests some public use buildings were needed. A few museums and exhibit buildings were needed.
I am glad that I was enabled to play a small part in the CCC program. I was landscape architect at Gold Head Branch State Park. Following a few months then with a Veterans camp I became superintendent at Ft. Clinch State Park at Fernandina and remained there until just before it closed.
I repeat that I'm glad to have had a part in the CCC, which I consider to have been one of Franklin Roosevelt's crowning accomplishments.
Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your recognition and for these beautiful evidences of it.
[This manuscript of a speech was inserted in the CCC reunion dinner commemorative Photo Review for CCC Company 1420 Pictorial Review, Object ID 2006.001.001]
[This manuscript may have been written and delivered by J. B. Thompson for the awards dinner held on Feb. 14, 1981, as described in newspaper clipping 2006.001.002. However, the dates are about a year apart.]
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Roosevelt, Frankliln D.
C.C.C. Company 1420
Civilian Conservation Corps
Fort Clinch Museum
Fort Clinch State Park