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H.J.Res. 253 (101st): Designating September 8, 1989, as “National Pledge of Allegiance Day”.


The text of the resolution below is as of Aug 16, 1989 (Passed Congress).


103 STAT. 598                   PUBLIC LAW 101-90—AUG. 16,1989
                 Public Law 101-90
                 101st Congress
                                             Joint Resolution
Aug. 16, 1989
prr T p ^ oiai         Designating September 8, 1989, as "National Pledge of Allegiance Day"
                 Whereas Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
                  in 1892 in observance of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of
                  America;
                 Whereas the Pledge of Allegiance first appeared in print in the
                  September 8, 1892, edition of The Youth's Companion magazine;
                 Whereas in 1942, the 77th Congress passed, and the President
                  approved, legislation concerning the display and use of the United
                  States flag, which included the Pledge of Allegiance; and
                 Whereas the Pledge of Allegiance is one of the most widely recited
                  verses of American literature: Now, therefore, be it
                  Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives                     of the
                 United States of America in Congress assembled,
                 SECTION 1. NATIONAL PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY.
                   September 8, 1989, is designated as "National Pledge of Allegiance
                 Day". The President is authorized and requested to issue a
                 proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe
                 this day by displaying the United States flag and by participating in
                 other appropriate activities.
                 SEC. 2. USE OF THE PLEDGE DURING CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS QUINCEN-
                           TENARY JUBILEE ACTIVITIES.
                   It is the sense of the Congress that the Christopher Columbus
                 Quincentenary Jubilee Commission, created pursuant to Public Law
                 98-375 to commemorate the 500th anniversary in 1992 of the discov-
                 ery of America, should include the centennial observance of the
                 Pledge of Allegiance in its commemorative activities.
                   Approved August 16,1989.




                 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.J. Res. 253:
                 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 135 (1989):
                      Aug. 4, considered £uid passed House and Senate.