Maritime Day - 2004 and 2005

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2004

Maritime Day - 2005

Maritime Day - 2005

Maritime Day - 2005

Maritime Day - 2005

Maritime Day - 2005

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White House issues Maritime Day Proclamation (5/21) 



May 21, 2004 
NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, 2004 

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
A PROCLAMATION 

National Maritime Day provides an opportunity to recognize the men and women of
the United States Merchant Marine and their contributions to our national
security and economic strength. 

Since they first offered their ships and services to assist the Continental Navy
in our struggle for independence, to their distinguished service in World War
II, merchant mariners have courageously sacrificed to protect our country and
defend our freedoms. In 1936, America recognized the contributions of these
patriots and established the U.S. Merchant Marine "as a naval or military
auxiliary in time of war or national emergency." Today, merchant mariners are
delivering essential supplies and equipment to our troops in Iraq and bravely
serving the cause of liberty. They continue to play an important role in our
Nation's efforts to advance democracy, peace, and freedom around the world, and
we are grateful for their dedication.

Merchant mariners also contribute significantly to the U.S. maritime
transportation system. More than 95 percent of non-North American trade enters
our country through our seaports. These ports handle more than $740 billion and
2 billion tons of domestic and international freight each year. Those in the
maritime industry, including merchant mariners, enhance waterborne commerce and
help promote America's economic growth. 

Today, we honor the courage, determination, and service of our Nation's merchant
mariners and remember the many who have given their lives in defense of our
country. Their work reflects the patriotism and devotion to duty that make
America great.

In recognition of the importance of the U.S. Merchant Marine, the Congress, by
joint resolution approved on May 20, 1933, as amended, has designated May 22 of
each year as "National Maritime Day," and has authorized and requested that the
President issue an annual proclamation calling for its appropriate observance. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do
hereby proclaim May 22, 2004, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people
of the United States to celebrate 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. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in
the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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