March 26, 1943
No. 2581

ARMY DAY, 1943



WHEREAS Senate Concurrent Resolution 5, 75th Congress, 1st Session, which was agreed to by the House of Representatives on March 16, 1937 (50 Stat. 1108), provides:

"That April 6 of each year be recognized by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America as Army Day, and that the President of the United States be requested, as Commander in Chief, to order military units throughout the United States to assist civic bodies in appropriate celebration to such extent as he may deem advisable; to issue a proclamation each year declaring April 6 as Army Day, and in such proclamations to invite the Governors of the various States to issue Army Day proclamations: Provided, That in the event April 6 falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be recognized as Army Day" ;

WHEREAS the men of the United States Army have carried the flag of the United States and the ideals which it represents to every part of the earth, and with their brothers-in-arms from the nations united with us are offering their lives for the future of America and of the world;

WHEREAS our soldiers on the firing lines and in posts of danger depend for their very lives on the constant flow of ammunition, weapons and supplies from their brothers at home; and on the fidelity of their countrymen to maintain the ideals which they bravely defend:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, April 6, 1943, as Army Day; and I invite the Governors of the States to issue proclamations appropriate to that day; and I request that on Army Day, while intensifying the war effort in factories, fields, mines, transportation lines and ports, the American people reflect upon the soldiers whose very lives they hold in trust and upon ways and means of increasing the flow of supplies to them and of maintaining in this nation a country worthy of their sacrifice and fit for their return.

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 26th day of March in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-three and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-seventh.


By the President:
Secretary of State.