“Canada On Holy Crusade - Have Faith, Urges Bishop,” Toronto Star. June 3, 1940. Page 02.
Paying Bitter Price for Trusting ‘Modern Attila,’ He Says
Ottawa, June 3 - Honorary Air Marshal W. A. Bishop, V. C. director of recruiting for the R.C.A.F. today addressed the joint service clubs of Ottawa, as follows:
‘This is a day for reflection upon the grim events of recent days and avowal of our solemn stern resolute national purpose that we are together in Canada united in a holy crusade, as Christians who love those things that make life worth while.
Today we are paying a bitter price of blood and treasure, because we trusted once more the modern Huns of the modern Attila. We must realize that the technique of this war have all changed, and we must adapt ourselves to new weapons, conditions, and tactics.
‘Among all the sinister weapons, one of the most insidious is the cult of defeatism. We must all be on guard against pessimism. We must never be morbid, never morose, but always possessing an unshakable confidence. Hitler has not broken our purpose. He has only succeeded in steeling our resolution.
‘The challenge comes to us in Canada today, not only from those immortal souls who died in the first Great War who have flung to us the torch, not only from the smashed pylons of our memorial on Vimy Ridge, where truth and beauty, justice and faith, have been violated by the bombing planes of a ruthless foe, where the symbol of sacrifice proclaiming the sorrow of Canada for her children has been destroyed. German indeed, in bombing from their graves our fallen comrades, has only added so many more to our battalions.
‘We shall never forget the heroism of Dunkirk, the glorious gallantry of men of our two great races in Canada, who fought and endured on land, through the greatest retreat in history, the gallantry of the navies, and, above all, in every sense, the gallantry of those glorious captains of the clouds, the youngsters of England, fighting against vastly superior numbers, forging a ring of flame around the ranks and guiding the undefeated troops of England home again.
‘‘Per ardua ad astra,’ that is their mottor. Let that be ours in Canada today, through hardship, difficulty, and distress, even grief and disaster: up to the stars, up to the peaks! To the stars of salvation for the free people of the world, to the highest peaks of patriotism for us all!’