AS our tribute to those who served and fell in the Great War we offered to the Federal Government the use of our loud speaking apparatus and our lines in transmitting, to distant points on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the spoken words of those taking part in the ceremony at Arlington in honor of the Unknown Soldier.
This offer was accepted and we made it possible for at least 50,000 people at San Francisco and New York, as well as 100,000 at Arlington, to hear the words uttered at Arlington.
It marked another great step in the progress which the Bell Telephone System has taken in telephony in advance of the rest of the world. It was an accomplishment made possible by progress in scientific achievement and no less by organization and by individual effort. The work of scientists and engineers of plant and construction and maintenance men, of those in central offices, in the factory and in the field, not only on that day, but in the days and years preceding, made it possible.
When we undertook to do it, I knew that it would be done; but nevertheless when I saw it done, I felt the thrill of pride which I am sure that every other employee of the Bell System felt at being a part of an organization which could accomplish such a thing.
We who are in the organization know how much in the way of wonderful work it meant. I would like, as the representative of you all, to congratulate us all and particularly to congratulate those who had the good fortune to take part in this particular operation which was a culmination of all of our efforts--H. B. Thayer, President, American Telephone & Telegraph Company.