September 21,1944
[No. 2624]

GENERAL PULASKI'S MEMORIAL DAY

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS it is especially fitting at this time, when the vandals of the western world have been pushed back to their own frontiers, that we pay homage to the indomitable spirit of the Poles who were the first to take up arms against the aggression of our common foe; and

WHEREAS that spirit is typified by Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish patriot who came from overseas to fight for the freedom of America and gallantly gave his life on October 11, 1779 as a result of wounds received at the siege of Savannah; and

WHEREAS, by a joint resolution approved September 7, 1944 (Public Law 422, 78th Congress), the Congress has authorized me "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, 1944, 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 proclaim October 11, 1944, the one hundred and sixty-fifth anniversary of the death of General Pulaski, as General Pulaski's Memorial Day; I call upon officials of the Government to have the American flag displayed on all governmental buildings on that day; and I invite the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate commemorative 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 21st day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-ninth.

FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT

By the President:
CORDELL HULL
Secretary of State.