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Proclamation 2877—Pan American Day, 1950

March 18, 1950

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas this year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Pan American Union, which now functions as the General Secretariat of the organization of American States; and

Whereas April 14 is customarily designated as "Pan American Day" in each of the republics of this Hemisphere, as a commemorative symbol of the bonds of friendship among the peoples of the Americas; and

Whereas it is fitting to call attention to the high purposes inspiring the American republics in their collaboration, through the Organization of American States, toward the solution of their common problems and the maintenance of their peace and security:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Friday, April 14, 1950, as Pan American Day; and I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to have the flag of the United States displayed on all public buildings on that day.

I also invite the Governors of the States, Territories, and possessions of the United States and the appropriate officials of municipalities and other political subdivisions, to issue proclamations or take other suitable action with respect to Pan American Day. And I call upon the schools, churches, and civic organizations, and the people of the United States generally, to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies, thereby giving expression to the cordial sentiments entertained by the Government and people of the United States for the Governments and peoples of the other American republics.

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 18th day of march in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-fourth.

Signature of Harry S. Truman


By the President:


Secretary of State.

Harry S Truman, Proclamation 2877—Pan American Day, 1950 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/287352

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