September 18,1940
No. 2427

GENERAL PULASKI'S MEMORIAL DAY

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, in a world seared by the ravaging hand of war and oppression, we Americans are increasingly grateful for the Republic which our fathers built on principles of freedom and equality; and

WHEREAS the valiant struggle to win American independence was advanced by the bravery of General Casimir Pulaski, a Pole who hated tyranny and who fought fiercely by the side of American patriots until he was wounded unto death, October 9, and drew his last breath on October 11, 1779; and

WHEREAS Public Resolution 76 of the Seventy-sixth Congress, approved on June 6, 1940, provides:

"That the President of the United States of America is authorized to issue a proclamation calling upon officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all governmental buildings on October 11, 1940, and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies in commemoration of the death of General Casimir Pulaski."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, President of the United States of America, do hereby call upon officials of the Government to display the flag on Government buildings on October 11, 1940, and I invite the people of the United States to participate in the observance of that day as General Pulaski's Memorial Day with appropriate ceremonies in schools and churches, or other suitable places.

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 18" day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-fifth.

FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT

By the President:
Cordell Hull
Secretary of State.