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PROCLAMATIONS_ -_ , 1944-. May 3, 1944 46U. .C.i1101. Observance of May 22, 1944 as National Maritime Day. May 3,1944 [No. 2614j WHEREAS the Congress, in the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, approved June 29, 1936 (49 Stat. 1985), has declared it to be the policy of the United States to foster and encourage the development and maintenance of a merchant marine "(a) sufficient to carry its domestic water-borne commerce and a substantial portion of the water-borne export and import foreign commerce of the United States and to pro- vide shipping service on all routes essential for maintaining the flow of such domestic and foreign water-borne commerce at all times, (b) capable of serving as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency, (c) owned and operated under the United States flag by citizens of the United States insofar as may be practi- cable, and (d) composed of the best-equipped, safest, and most suitable types of vessels, constructed in the United States and manned with a trained and efficient citizen personnel"; and WHEREAS many thousands of American men and women have toiled through long hours in shipyards and factories in order to con- struct in the shortest possible time the fleet of vessels needed to carry out not only the long-range program envisioned in the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 but also the emergency program necessitated by the global war in which we are involved; and WHEREAS many men have already given their lives, and thousands of others are daily risking their lives, on our ships traversing dangerous seas to carry men and materials to the far-flung battlefields; and WHEREAS it is fitting that the patriotism, courage, sacrifice, and labor of these men and women, ashore and afloat, be publicly recognized: NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Presi- dent of the United States of America, do hereby call upon the people of the United States to observe May 22, 1944, as National Maritime Day by displaying the flag at their homes or other suitable places, and I direct that the flag be displayed on all Government buildings on that day. 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 25 t h day of April in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-four, and of the [SEAL] Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-eighth. FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT By the President: CORDELL HULL Secretary of State. FLAG DAY, 1944 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For many years June 14 has been set aside as Flag Day, observed throughout the Nation as a day of earnest rededication to those high principles of humanity and civilization which constitute the foundations of the Republic. It is not necessary to recite that the stars and stripes of our flag symbolize the patriotic and loyal unity of one hundred and thirty- five million people in a widely diversified land. Nor is it necessary to dwell on the struggles through which we have marched, under 1134 [58 STAT.