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H.J.Res. 447 (97th): A joint resolution to authorize and request the President to issue a proclamation designating April 4, 1982, as the “National Day of Reflection”.

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 3, 1982 (Passed Congress).


96 STAT. 60                        PUBLIC LAW 97-166—APR. 3, 1982
                   Public Law 97-166
                   97th Congress
                                               J o i n t Resolution
  Apr. 3, 1982     To authorize and request the President to issue a proclamation designating April 4,
 [H.J. Res. 447]                       1982, as the "National Day of Reflection".

                   Whereas the Congress recognizes the historical tradition of ethical
                     values and principles which are the basis of civilized society and
                     upon which our great Nation was founded;
                   Whereas these ethical values and principles which, from the dawn
                     of civilization when they were known as the Seven Noahide
                     Laws, have been the bedrock of society without which the edifice
                     of civilization stands in serious peril of returning to chaos;
                   Whereas society is presently profoundly concerned with the weak-
                     ening of these principles that has resulted in crises that belea-
                     guer and threaten the fabric of civilized society; and
                   Whereas the justified preoccupation with these crises must not let
                     the citizens of this Nation lose sight of their responsibility of
                     transmitting these historical ethical values from our distin-
                     guished past to the generations of the future, and need occa-
                     sional reminder of this duty and privilege: Now, therefore, be it
                     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
National Day       United States of America in Congress assembled. That the Presi-
of Reflection.     dent is authorized to issue a proclamation designating April 4,
                   1982, which this year coincides with the eightieth birthday of Rabbi
                   Menachem Mendel Schneerson, universally respected and revered
                   leader and head of the worldwide Lubavitch movement, who has
                   done so much to foster and promote these ethical values and princi-
                   ples, as the "National Day of Reflection".
                     Approved April 3, 1982.




                   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.J. Res. 447:
                   CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 128 (1982):
                       Mar. 30, considered and passed House.
                       Mar. 31, considered and passed Senate.