Public Law 328
CHAPTER 134

April 8, 1954
[S. J. Res. 143]

JOINT RESOLUTION

Providing for the observance of April 9, the twelfth anniversary of the fall of Bataan, as Bataan Day.

Whereas April 9 of this year marks the twelfth anniversary of the end of the epic struggle of American and Filipino forces on Bataan; and

Whereas Bataan symbolizes the spirit which moves men of different races and different creeds to fight shoulder to shoulder for their freedom; and

Whereas the rallying of the people of the Philippines to the side of the United States and the other United Nations in the recent struggle in Korea was a further expression of American-Filipino unity; and

Whereas the people of the Philippines have demonstrated to all other nations in the Asian sphere the fact that mutual friendship and mutual security are common goals, and the role of the United States in Asia is that of a friend of peoples, regardless of race; and

Whereas President Ramon Magsaysay has designated April 9 as Bataan Day in the Philippines: Therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That April 9, the twelfth anniversary of the fall of Bataan, should be observed as Bataan Day and that the Congress recommends that on that day the flags of the United States and the Republic of the Philippines be flown, and that encouragement be given to the holding of appropriate services in schools and churches, and in other gatherings.

Approved April 8, 1954.