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[80 STAT. 1790]
[80 STAT. 1790]
PRIVATE LAW 89-000—MMMM. DD, 1966

1790

Ante, p. 1718.

PROCLAMATION 3728-JUNE 9, 1966

[80 STAT.

for this Nation in this and all other struggles, and for His aid in building a world where freedom and justice prevail, and where all men live in friendship, understanding, and peace. By House Concurrent Eesolution 587, the Eighty-ninth Congress has officially recognized that the patriotic tradition of observing Memorial Day began one hundred years ago in Waterloo, New York. In conformity with the request contained in that concurrent resolution, it is my privilege to call attention to the centennial observance of Memorial Day in Waterloo, New York, on May 30, 1966. I N W I T N E S S 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 twenty-sixth day of May in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-six, [SEAL] and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and ninetieth. LYNDON B. JOHNSON

By the President: DEAN RUSK,

Secretary

of /State.

Proclamation

3728

FLAG DAY AND NATIONAL FLAG WEEK, 1966 June 9, 1966

By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation

36 USC 157.

Ante, p. 194. 36 USC 157a.

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted as the flag of the United States a banner of 13 stripes of alternating red and white, and 13 white stars on a blue field. That banner was the symbol of a new nation with an intense love of freedom and a belief in the worth and dignity of the individual. The design of our flag has changed from time to time to reflect the growth and expansion of our Nation—but the meaning behind the flag has not changed. The American fla^ still stands for a Nation dedicated to the principles of liberty, justice, and equality under law. I t still symbolizes the heroism and sacrifice of Americans in defense of those principles. I t still symbolizes hope and promise to the oppressed peoples of the world. The day on which our flag was adopted has a special significance for all of us. For this reason the Congress, by the Joint Resolution of August 3, 1949 (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as Flag Day and requested the President to issue a proclamation calling for its observance. In order to further extend the opportunities of all Americans to observe and honor this historic occasion, the Congress by a joint resolution of June 9, 1966, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week, and calling upon all citizens to display the Flag of the United States on those days.