Proclamation 5557 -- A
Time of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
October 22, 1986
the President of the United States of
terrorism has taken the lives of thousands of people around the world and
continues to claim lives. It is most fitting that we set aside a time of
remembrance for the victims of terrorism.
United States has taken positive
steps to stop the onslaught of terrorism against civilized society. We will
continue to do so, because we keep in mind the value and dignity of every human
being and the commission that Thomas Jefferson expressed so well when he wrote,
``The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first
and only legitimate object of good government.''
United States has a clear policy of combatting terrorism and of refusing to make concessions to
terrorists. We have sought cooperation with all nations, on both a bilateral
and a multilateral basis, to fight terrorism. We have put those who would
instigate acts of terrorism against U.S. citizens or property on
notice that we will vigorously confront this criminal behavior in every way --
diplomatically, economically, legally, and, when necessary, militarily. We have
demonstrated our resolve.
this time of remembrance, we also reiterate our determination to secure the
release of all Americans being held hostage abroad and our sympathy and
understanding for their families.
observe our time of remembrance for victims of terrorism on October 23. That is
the third anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the United States compound in Beirut, Lebanon, in which 241 American
servicemen, defenders of freedom and peace, lost their lives. As we mourn these
men and all other victims of terrorism, as we honor them, and as we offer our
heartfelt condolences to the families of victims, let us remind the world that
our reflection and remembrance fortify our determination to deter and defeat
Congress, by Public Law 99 - 403, has designated October
as ``A Time of Remembrance'' for all victims of terrorism throughout the world
and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in
observance of this event.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim October
as a Time of Remembrance for all victims of terrorism throughout the world, and
I urge all Americans to actively participate by flying the American flag at
half staff on that day, as a symbol of patriotism, dignity, loyalty, and
I call upon and authorize all departments and agencies of the United States and interested
organizations, groups, and individuals to fly United States flags at half staff on October
23 in memory of the victims and in the hope that the desire for genuine peace
and freedom will take firm root in every person and nation.
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second 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 eleventh.
[Filed with the Office of the
Federal Register, , October 23, 1986]