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Proclamation 3094—National Maritime Day, 1955

May 10, 1955

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas the American Merchant Marine is today carrying on a long and honorable tradition of serving the trade and commerce of the world upon the high seas; and

Whereas American merchant ships and American seamen stand ready at all times to serve our Nation in the cause of freedom and justice; and

Whereas we have added to the United States Program for Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy a proposal to build an atomic-powered merchant ship that will visit the ports of the world to demonstrate to people everywhere atomic energy harnessed to peacetime uses for the benefit of mankind; and

Whereas the Congress by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933 (48 Stat. 73), designated May 22 as National Maritime Day, thus honoring the Merchant Marine by commemorating the departure from Savannah, Georgia, on May 22, 1819, of the Savannah on the first transoceanic voyage by any steamship, and requested the President to issue a proclamation annually calling for the observance of that day; and

Whereas since May 22 falls on Sunday this year, it is appropriate that National Maritime Day be observed on the following Monday:

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby urge the people of the United States to honor our Merchant Marine on Monday, May 23, 1955, by displaying the flag of the United States at their homes or other suitable places; and I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag on all Government buildings on that day. I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on Monday, May 23, in tribute to our Merchant Marine.

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 10th day of May in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-ninth.

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower


By the President:


Acting Secretary of State

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Proclamation 3094—National Maritime Day, 1955 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/307243

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