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Proclamation 2813—Columbus Day, 1948

September 13, 1948

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas four hundred and fifty-six years ago Christopher Columbus broadened the world's horizons through his keen vision, his indomitable spirit, and his unflagging persistence; and

Whereas the old world which gave him birth and the new world which he discovered are now joined in closer relationship not only through modern miracles of speed but also through mutual need for the achievement of lasting peace and a higher civilization; and

Whereas it is fitting that the exploits of this gallant navigator, who has enriched the lives of all peoples by showing the way to a land of unparalleled opportunities, should be commemorated on the anniversary of his finding that land; and

Whereas the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution approved April 30, 1934 (48 Stat. 657), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating October 12 of each year as Columbus Day:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Tuesday, October 12, 1948, as Columbus Day, and I invite the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies in their homes, their schools, their churches, and in other suitable places. I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all Government buildings on that day.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this 13th day of September in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-third.

Signature of Harry S. Truman


By the President:


Secretary of State.

Harry S Truman, Proclamation 2813—Columbus Day, 1948 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/287273

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