1454Invitation: Sacramento's National Maritime Day Ceremony 11:00 am Thursday, May 22, Old Sacramento
- May 21, 2014
Ahoy Members and Friends,
Tomorrow, National Maritime Day, May 22nd, is our day! Our council’s ceremony will again be in Sacramento. The invitation is below. For vehicle parking I suggest the public Tower Bridge Garage, Front Street & Capitol Mall, http://www.historicoldsac.org/visit/parking.asp across the street from the ceremony location. One doesn’t have the hassle with parking meters that way; on street handicap parking may be found in Old Sacramento.
Annually the President of the United States issues a National Maritime Day proclamation; The 2014 proclamation may be found at http://wh.gov/lAm5u and is printed below. To see proclamations of past years visit http://search.whitehouse.gov/search?affiliate=wh&query=National+Maritime+Day&submit.x=25&submit.y=18&form_id=usasearch_box and http://www.usmm.org/md/maritprocs.html. A history of National Maritime Day may be found at http://www.marad.dot.gov/education_landing_page/maritime_day/maritime_day_history/maritime_day_history.htm.
Saturday, I look forward to seeing you who have signed up for the Veterans Memorial Cruise on the National Liberty Ship Memorial SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PMMC-NLUS/conversations/messages/1441. Reservations are still being accepted for the cruise, (415) 544-0100.
President | Executive Director
Pacific Merchant Marine Council
Navy League of the United States
The pleasure of your company is requested at
Sacramento’s National Maritime Day Ceremony
1100, Thursday, May 22, 2014
American Merchant Marine Memorial
100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento (Between Tower Bridge and Embassy Suites)
Sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Chapter, American Merchant Marine Veterans
Pacific Merchant Marine Council, Navy League of the United States
The Presidential Proclamation will be read
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, USMM, President, California Maritime Academy will speak
Those who served will be saluted
A luncheon at Embassy Suites concludes the activities
Reservations are not required
Phelps Hobart, (916) 739-6949, PMMC at cwo dot com
American Merchant Marine Memorial - Sacramento, CA
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2014
Presidential Proclamation -- National Maritime Day, 2014
NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
America's open seas have long been a source of prosperity and strength, and since before our Nation's founding, the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have defended them. From securing Atlantic routes during the naval battles of the Revolutionary War to supplying our Armed Forces around the world in the 21st century and delivering American goods to overseas markets in times of peace, they have always played a vital role in our Nation's success. During National Maritime Day, we celebrate this proud history and salute the mariners who have safeguarded our way of life.
Today's Merchant Marine upholds its generations-long role as our "fourth arm of defense." Yet they also go beyond this mission, transporting food where there is hunger and carrying much-needed supplies to those in distress. Thanks to our dedicated mariners, people around the world continue to see the American flag as a symbol of hope.
To create middle-class jobs and maintain our leading position in an ever-changing world, we must provide new marketplaces for our businesses to compete. As we expand commerce, we do so with confidence that the United States Merchant Marine will keep our supply lines secure. Because just as America's workers and innovators can rise to any challenge, our mariners have demonstrated time and again that they can meet any test. Today, let us reaffirm our support for their essential mission.
The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as "National Maritime Day," and has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2014, 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.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.