This quotation is from a lecture by Harrison E. Salisbury (1908-1993), “The Book Enchained”, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Authors League of America. It was presented at the Library of Congress on September 28, 1983.
A printed copy was distributed to federal depository libraries that had chosen to receive publications in item number 785-J or 0785-J. It has Superintendent of Documents Classification number LC 1.38: 10 .
“Let us conduct ourselves that no one may ever ask whether the Statue of Liberty still stands in New York harbor. If we follow this course not only will we protect and preserve our own freedom but the light of Liberty’s torch slowly but surely will penetrate all corners of the world.”
A good reminder to all who live in the United States, citizens or non-citizens, in the year 2016.
Mr. Salisbury had spend a considerable part of his reporting career in countries run by Communist governments, such as the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, and North Vietnam. As an editor of the New York Times, he was also aware about other countries where “the light of Liberty’s torch” was a faint vision.