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Proclamation 3069—National Olympic Day, 1954

October 02, 1954

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas the XVIth Olympic Games of the modern era will be held at Melbourne, Australia, November 22 to December 8, 1956, with Winter Games to be held at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, January 26 to February 5, 1956, and the Pan American Games will be held at Mexico City in March 1955; and

Whereas by a joint resolution approved April 22, 1954 (68 Stat. 58), the Congress has declared that these games will afford an opportunity of bringing together young men and women representing more than seventy nations, of many races, creeds, and stations in life and possessing various habits and customs, all bound together by the universal appeal of friendly athletic competition; and

Whereas the said joint resolution calls attention to the fact that the United States Olympic Association is presently engaged in assuring maximum support for the teams representing the United States in these athletic contests, and requests the President to issue a proclamation designating the sixteenth day of October 1954 as National Olympic Day:

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Saturday, October 16, 1954, as National Olympic Day, and I urge all citizens of our country to do all in their power to support the XVIth Olympic Games, the Winter Games, and the Pan American Games so as to insure that the United States will be fully and adequately represented in these games.

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 2d day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-ninth.

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower


By the President:


Secretary of State

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Proclamation 3069—National Olympic Day, 1954 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/308201

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