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Proclamation 2904—Columbus Day, 1950

October 03, 1950

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas free investigation and unhampered exploration of the unknown are all-important factors in our constant striving to build a better world; and

Whereas four hundred and fifty-eight years ago Christopher Columbus, through his bold and free inquiry into what lay beyond the ocean, found a new continent; and

Whereas inspiration for our present endeavors may be found in the tenacity of purpose and the unswerving quest for truth of the discoverer of America; and

Whereas, in order to perpetuate the memory of this daring explorer and his glorious feat, the congress by a joint resolution approved April 30, 1934 (48 Stat. 657), 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 Thursday, October 12, 1950, as Columbus Day; and I direct that on that day the flag of the United States be displayed on all Government buildings. I also invite the people of the United States to observe the anniversary in their homes, schools, churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.

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 third day of October 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-fifth.

Signature of Harry S. Truman


By the President:


Acting Secretary of State.

Harry S Truman, Proclamation 2904—Columbus Day, 1950 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/287391

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