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President Kennedy Proclaims May 1 "Law Day, U.S.A."

Jan. 17, 1962 - President Kennedy today proclaimed May 1 as “Law Day, U.S.A.” He called on the American people to observe it with appropriate programs and ceremonies. The President said that just as freedom demanded constant vigilance, it was essential that this nation nurture an appreciation of values of justice and foster “an increased respect for law and for the rights of others as basic elements of our free society.” The rule of law, the proclamation said, is one of the vital bulwarks in man’s challenging struggle to “sustain individual freedom, human dignity, and justice for all.”


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