OTD: April 3, 1948 – April 3, 2018
Signature à Washington le 3 avril 1948 du plan Marshall d’aide à la reconstruction de l’Europe par le président Harry Truman.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of
the European Recovery Act by President Truman.
Thank YOU America, Land of the most GENEROUS
People on EARTH! #NeverForget E.J.
“If it had not been for that courage in going to the rescue of Europe with the Marshall Plan, Western Europe would not be the bastion of free enterprise and independence that it is today. I know something about this, because I traveled through France and Italy on the Friendship Train a few months before the Marshall Plan was launched, and saw firsthand how those countries were tottering on the bring of chaos.
If it had not been for Truman’s forthright declaration of aid to Greece and Turkey, furthermore, those key guardians of the eastern Mediterranean would have fallen to Stalinist communism.
Finally, if it had not been for Truman’s vigorous and unfailing build-up of the United Nations, there would be no real peace-keeping machinery in the world today.”
Washington Columnist Drew PEARSON (1897-1969), Father of the Friendship Train
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Chair, Elisabeth Jenssen Co-Chair, Tyler Abell
Honorary President: The Comte Gilbert de Pusy La Fayette
The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, channeled over $13 billion to finance the economic recovery of Europe between 1948 and 1951. The Marshall Plan successfully sparked economic recovery, meeting its objective of ‘restoring the confidence of the European people in the economic future of their own countries and of Europe as a whole.’ The plan is named for Secretary of State George C. Marshall, who announced it in a commencement speech at Harvard University on June 5, 1947.