Message of His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, in connection with the celebration by the Imperial Japanese Army of the Battle of Mukden in 1905. Manila, March 10, 1944:

Army Day celebrates the historic capture of Mukden by the victorious Japanese Army after a three weeks’ battle with the Russians under Kuropatkin thirty-nine years ago today.

On this day every year since 1905, the great Japanese nation pauses to pay tribute to the spirit that was behind that victory and is still the prime inspiration of the Japanese soldier now standing guard from the bleak north wastes to the South Seas to protect Asia’s freedom.

The Republic of the Philippines, which is a beneficiary of the victories of this spirit, shares the gratitude of the great Empire of Japan to its mighty Army whose sword, because it has always been wielded in the cause of righteousness and benevolence, has never known defeat.

May the Imperial Japanese Army, faithful to its unexampled tradition, remain the impregnable bulwark of Greater East Asia as it builds a New Order of freedom and moral justice for all.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library