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U.S. CODE
TITLE 36
PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL OBSERVANCES, CEREMONIES, AND ORGANIZATIONS

Version 2010-02-01

Last update 2011-11-19


  • Patriotic and National Observances and Ceremonies
    • Observances and Ceremonies
      • PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL OBSERVANCES
      • NATIONAL ANTHEM, MOTTO, FLORAL EMBLEM MARCH, AND TREE
      • PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL CEREMONIES
      • FEDERAL PARTICIPATION IN CARL GARNER FEDERAL LANDS CLEANUP DAY
      • MISCELLANEOUS
    • United States Government Organizations Involved With Observances and Ceremonies
      • AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
      • UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
      • PRESIDENTS COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
  • Patriotic and National Organizations
    • General
      • GENERAL
    • Organizations
      • AGRICULTURAL HALL OF FAME
      • AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION
      • AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS
      • AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
      • AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES
      • AMERICAN EX-PRISONERS OF WAR
      • AMERICAN GI FORUM OF THE UNITED STATES
      • AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS, INCORPORATED
      • AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
      • AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS
      • THE AMERICAN LEGION
      • THE AMERICAN NATIONAL THEATER AND ACADEMY
      • THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
      • AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LEAGUE
      • AMERICAN WAR MOTHERS
      • AMVETS
      • ARMY AND NAVY UNION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      • AVIATION HALL OF FAME
      • BIG BROTHERSBIG SISTERS OF AMERICA
      • BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION
      • BLUE STAR MOTHERS OF AMERICA, INC.
      • BOARD FOR FUNDAMENTAL EDUCATION
      • BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
      • BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA
      • CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED
      • CIVIL AIR PATROL
      • CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      • CORPORATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF RIFLE PRACTICE AND FIREARMS SAFETY
        • CORPORATION
        • CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM
      • DAUGHTERS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865
      • DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
      • 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED
      • FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION
      • FORMER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
      • THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION
      • FREDERICK DOUGLASS MEMORIAL AND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
      • FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA
      • GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMENS CLUBS
      • GIRL SCOUTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      • GOLD STAR WIVES OF AMERICA
      • ITALIAN AMERICAN WAR VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES
      • JEWISH WAR VETERANS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED
      • JEWISH WAR VETERANS, U.S.A., NATIONAL MEMORIAL, INCORPORATED
      • KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED
      • LADIES OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
      • LEGION OF VALOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED
      • LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL, INCORPORATED
      • MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
      • THE MILITARY CHAPLAINS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      • MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
      • MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED
      • MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS
      • NATIONAL ACADEMY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
      • NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
      • NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE SOCIETIES, WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
      • NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CITIZENSHIP
      • NATIONAL COUNCIL ON RADIATION PROTECTION AND MEASUREMENTS
      • NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES
      • NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION
      • NATIONAL FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS
      • NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
      • NATIONAL FUND FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION
      • NATIONAL MINING HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
      • NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL
      • NATIONAL RECORDING PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
      • NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL
      • HELP AMERICA VOTE FOUNDATION
      • NATIONAL SKI PATROL SYSTEM, INCORPORATED
      • NATIONAL SOCIETY, DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS
      • THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
      • NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
      • NATIONAL TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
      • NATIONAL WOMANS RELIEF CORPS, AUXILIARY TO THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
      • THE NATIONAL YOEMEN F
      • NAVAL SEA CADET CORPS
      • NAVY CLUB OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      • NAVY WIVES CLUBS OF AMERICA
      • NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED
      • PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
      • PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS ASSOCIATION
      • POLISH LEGION OF AMERICAN VETERANS, U.S.A.
      • RESERVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES
      • RETIRED ENLISTED ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED
      • SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FLORISTS AND ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURISTS
      • SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
      • THEODORE ROOSEVELT ASSOCIATION
      • 369TH VETERANS ASSOCIATION
      • UNITED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, INCORPORATED
      • UNITED STATES CAPITOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
      • UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
        • CORPORATION
        • NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES
      • UNITED STATES SUBMARINE VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II
      • VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES
      • VETERANS OF WORLD WAR I OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED
      • VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, INC.
      • WOMENS ARMY CORPS VETERANS ASSOCIATION
  • Treaty Obligation Organizations
    • THE AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS
  • Version 2010-02-01

Subtitle I

Patriotic and National Observances and Ceremonies

I - Part A

Observances and Ceremonies

I.A - CHAPTER 1

PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL OBSERVANCES

American Heart Month

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—

(1) designating February as American Heart Month;

(2) inviting the chief executive officers of the States, territories, and possessions of the United States to issue proclamations designating February as American Heart Month; and

(3) urging the people of the United States to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and to support all essential programs required to solve the problem.



Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

(a) Designation.— May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

(b) Proclamations.— The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on the people of the United States, and the chief executive officers of each State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau are requested to issue each year proclamations calling on the people of their respective jurisdictions, to observe Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.



Cancer Control Month

(a) General.— The President is requested—
  • (1) to issue each year a proclamation designating April as Cancer Control Month; and

  • (2) to invite each year the chief executive officers of the States, territories, and possessions of the United States to issue proclamations designating April as Cancer Control Month.

(b) Contents of Proclamations.— As part of those proclamations, the chief executive officers and President are requested to invite the medical profession, the press, and all agencies and individuals interested in a national program for the control of cancer by education and other cooperative means to unite during Cancer Control Month in a public dedication to the program and in a concerted effort to make the people of the United States aware of the need for the program.



Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day

(a) Designation.— The first Saturday after Labor Day is Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day.

(b) Proclamation.— The President shall issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. However, activities may be undertaken in individual States on a day other than the first Saturday after Labor Day if a manager of Federal land decides that an alternative date is more appropriate because of climatological or other factors.



Child Health Day

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—

(1) designating the first Monday in October as Child Health Day; and

(2) inviting all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare to unite on Child Health Day in observing exercises that will make the people of the United States aware of the fundamental necessity of a year-round program to protect and develop the health of the children of the United States.



Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

(a) Designation.— September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

(b) Purpose.— Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.

(c) Proclamation.— The President may issue each year a proclamation calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and inviting the people of the United States to observe Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.

(d) State and Local Observances.— The civil and educational authorities of States, counties, cities, and towns are urged to make plans for the proper observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.



Columbus Day

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—

(1) designating the second Monday in October as Columbus Day;

(2) calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Columbus Day; and

(3) inviting the people of the United States to observe Columbus Day, in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies that express the public sentiment befitting the anniversary of the discovery of America.



Constitution Week

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—

(1) designating September 17 through September 23 as Constitution Week; and

(2) inviting the people of the United States to observe Constitution Week, in schools, churches, and other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.



Father's Day

(a) Designation.— The third Sunday in June is Father's Day.

(b) Proclamation.— The President is requested to issue a proclamation—
  • (1) calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Father's Day;

  • (2) inviting State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Father's Day with appropriate ceremonies; and

  • (3) urging the people of the United States to offer public and private expressions of Father's Day to the abiding love and gratitude they have for their fathers.





    Flag Day

    (a) Designation.— June 14 is Flag Day.

    (b) Proclamation.— The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—
    • (1) calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Flag Day; and

    • (2) urging the people of the United States to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.





      Gold Star Mother's Day

      (a) Designation.— The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother's Day.

      (b) Proclamation.— The President is requested to issue a proclamation calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag and hold appropriate meetings at homes, churches, or other suitable places, on Gold Star Mother's Day as a public expression of the love, sorrow, and reverence of the people for Gold Star Mothers.



      Honor America Days

      (a) Designation.— The 21 days from Flag Day through Independence Day is a period to honor America.

      (b) Congressional Declaration.— Congress declares that there be public gatherings and activities during that period at which the people of the United States can celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.