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Maritime Day:
"Salute Your Merchant Marine on Maritime Day-May 22."
(Poster Courtesy of USMM.ORG)
TITLE 36 > Subtitle I > Part A > CHAPTER 1 >§ 128. National Maritime Day
In recognition of the importance of the U.S. Merchant Marine, the Congress, by joint resolution approved on May 20, 1933, as amended, has designated May 22 of each year as "National Maritime Day," and has authorized and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.
(a) Designation.— May 22 is National Maritime Day.
  (b) Proclamation.— The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on—
  (1) the people of the United States to observe National Maritime Day by displaying the flag of the United States at their homes or other suitable places; and
  (2) United States Government officials to display the flag on all Government buildings on National Maritime Day.
President Franklin Roosevelt, the first President to issue a proclamation honoring merchant mariners, wrote of their role during wartime: "They have delivered the goods when and where needed in every theater of operations and across every ocean in the biggest, the most difficult and dangerous transportation job ever undertaken."