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Proclamation 2881—National Capital Sesquicentennial

April 12, 1950

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas the Congress of the United States has, by joint resolutions approved July 18, 1947, and May 31, 1949, provided for the commemoration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the permanent seat of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia in the year 1800; and

Whereas this sesquicentennial anniversary of the nation's Capital is an event of deep national significance to all Americans; and

Whereas the National Capital Sesquicentennial Commission has, by direction of Congress, made plans to celebrate the progress of the United States since the founding of the nation's Capital in the City of Washington; and

Whereas during these on hundred and fifty years the Government of the United States has, in the City of Washington, adopted the laws under which our Nation has grown in statute and dignity, has nurtured our basic concepts of individual and collective freedom, and has enabled our Nation to enact its historic role in man's eternal search for peace and dignity:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby invite American citizens from every region of our country to come to their Nation's Capital and participate in the sesquicentennial observances. I also request the Governors of the respective States, Territories and possessions of the United States to issue proclamations urging participation in these celebrations.

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 12th day of April 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 2881—National Capital Sesquicentennial Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/287357

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