March 12,1945
[No. 2642]

ARMY DAY, 1945

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS our valiant Army by its heroic achievements in carrying the war to the territory of our enemies and by its great victories during the past year has strengthened the confidence of this Nation and its Allies in their vast struggle against tyrannical powers seeking to enslave the world; and

WHEREAS American soldiers in their unflinching devotion to duty are suffering and dying in defense of our land and our spiritual heritage; and

WHEREAS the armies of the United Nations with strength born of unity are liberating the oppressed, and by their victory over tyranny are laying the foundation of a world order to make secure those freedoms for which they fight ; and

WHEREAS the Congress, by Senate Concurrent Resolution 5, 75th Congress, agreed to by the House of Representatives on March 16, 1937, has recognized April 6 of each year as Army Day and has requested that the President issue a proclamation annually with respect to that day:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, President of the United States of America, in order that we may give special honor to our courageous soldiers, do hereby proclaim Friday, April 6, 1945, as Army Day, and do invite the Governors of the various States to issue proclamations calling for the observance of that day.

I also urge the civilians of this Nation to renew their energies for the task of supplying our Army with every necessary implement of war to the end that final victory may be attained as speedily as possible, and to resolve that the peace which follows victory shall be firmly sustained.

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 12th day of March in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-ninth.

FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT

By the President:
E. R. STETTINIUS, Jr.
Secretary of State