year, we are privileged to honor Christopher Columbus, whose epic voyages of
discovery shaped the development of the Western Hemisphere. This great explorer
won a place in history and in the hearts of all Americans because he challenged
the unknown and thereby found a New World.
Columbus remains loved today.
With his faith, vision, and courage, he could navigate beyond his world's
horizons. He left a wide wake for all those to follow who would dream as he dreamed, who would defy the naysayers
and dare to strive for new goals. Follow him they did; and may
they ever do so, those who would make the New World ever new with all the
ingenuity, energy, and boldness they have.
of Italian descent are proud to say that Columbus, a son of Genoa, was the
first of many Italians to come to America and a powerful reason the United
States and Italy share the unique friendship they do. Those of Spanish descent
likewise point out that Spain made Columbus's voyages possible and
that he is the first link in the friendship of the United States and Spain. All Americans share in
this just pride.
are nearing the year 1992, when the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary
of Columbus's first voyage to the Americas. The Christopher
Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission, a
distinguished group of Americans aided by representatives from Spain and Italy, held its initial
working sessions in Chicago, Miami, and San Juan, cities that are
planning major commemorative events in 1992. It also began a report to the
Congress, to be delivered in September 1987, that will
make recommendations about our Nation's observance of the celebration.
passage of time -- nearly half a millennium -- has not dimmed the glory of the
Admiral of the OceanSeas, nor could it ever.
tribute to Christopher Columbus, the Congress, by joint resolution approved April
(48 Stat. 657), as modified by the Act of June 28,
(82 Stat. 250), has requested the President to proclaim the second Monday in
October of each year as ``Columbus Day.''
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim Monday,
October 13, 1986, as Columbus Day. I invite the people of this Nation to
observe that day with appropriate ceremonies in honor of this great explorer. I
also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all
public buildings on the appointed day in honor of Christopher Columbus.
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of October, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and
with the Office of the Federal Register, , October