know that America offers freedom and
opportunity to every citizen; yet we know too that the burden of illiteracy
keeps some of us from taking full advantage of all our country has to offer and
from contributing all we can. Fortunately, dedicated citizens have been working
hard to help their neighbors learn to read and write; and in recent years the
Adult Literacy Initiative has encouraged many people to volunteer in this
can be proud of the volunteers and the public-private partners who are carrying
America's promise to their
fellow citizens. National Literacy Day gives us a special chance to let more
people know of the help and hope that are available -- that they can truly
learn to read and write. On this day and throughout the year, let us extend a
helping hand to our fellow citizens and offer them the priceless opportunity of
literacy and the world of potential it creates.
Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 304, has designated July
as ``National Literacy Day'' and authorized and requested the President to
issue a proclamation in observance of this occasion.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim July
as National Literacy Day. I invite the Governors of the several States, local
officials, and all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs,
ceremonies, and activities to increase awareness about illiteracy and to
encourage participation in the fight for literacy and learning in our land.
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of July, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and twelfth.
[Filed with the Office
of the Federal Register, , July 1, 1988]