National Maritime Day, 2020

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 102 (Wednesday, May 27, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 102 (Wednesday, May 27, 2020)]
[Presidential Documents]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-11538]
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Vol. 85
No. 102
May 27, 2020
Part IV
The President
Proclamation 10038--National Maritime Day, 2020
Proclamation 10039--Honoring the Victims of the Novel Coronavirus
Proclamation 10040--Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2020
 Presidential Documents
Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 102 / Wednesday, May 27, 2020 /
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The President
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 Proclamation 10038 of May 21, 2020

National Maritime Day, 2020
 By the President of the United States of America
 A Proclamation
 Since the founding of our great Nation, we have relied
 on merchant mariners to deliver goods to market and
 strengthen our national security. On National Maritime
 Day, we recognize the United States Merchant Marine for
 all it does to facilitate our commerce and protect our
 interests at sea.
 Our Nation's merchant mariners enable peaceful trade
 with countries around the world and provide vital
 sealift support to our Armed Forces. Whether on the
 ocean or our inland waterways, merchant mariners
 support our economy by transporting billions of dollars
 of imported and exported goods. These men and women
 also sail bravely into combat zones to deliver supplies
 and weapons to our military men and women, playing a
 critical role in the success of their mission.
 This year, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the
 end of World War II, we pay tribute to the United
 States merchant mariners who served as the ``Fourth Arm
 of Defense'' for our Nation during the war. Earlier
 this year, I was proud to sign into law long-overdue
 legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to
 the valiant civilian merchant mariners who maintained
 critical supply lines to our overseas troops and allies
 during the Second World War. Many of these mariners
 endured brutal attacks from German U-boats, and more
 than 6,000 of them perished at sea or were held as
 prisoners of war. This number includes 142 students of
 the United States Merchant Marine Academy--
 distinguishing it as the only one of the five service
 academies authorized to carry a battle standard.
 As we remember the tremendous sacrifices of the World
 War II merchant mariners, we also continue to honor the
 present-day citizen mariners who make up our Nation's
 world-class Merchant Marine. Today, we pay tribute to
 their expertise, patriotism, and dedication to serving
 our country and ensuring our national security.
 The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20,
 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as ``National
 Maritime Day'' to commemorate the first transoceanic
 voyage by a steamship in 1819 by the S.S. Savannah. By
 this resolution, the Congress has authorized and
 requested the President to issue annually a
 proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.
 NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the
 United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22,
 2020, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people
 of the United States to mark this observance and to
 display the flag of the United States at their homes
 and in their communities. I also request that all ships
 sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.
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 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
 twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two
 thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United
 States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

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