Proclamation 5906 --
National China-Burma-India Veterans Appreciation Day, 1988
November 10, 1988
the President of the United States of
More than 40 years after the end of World
War II, America is a
Nation proud, strong, and at peace. We should be ever mindful, however, that the
peace and the freedom we now enjoy have been won through the sacrifices of
those who served during times of conflict.
courageous Americans fought long and arduously to stop the Japanese advance in
during World War II. These patriots surely deserve our admiration and respect.
We should especially recognize the heroism and unwavering purpose of those who
took part in the battles and campaigns of the China-Burma-India Theater of
Operations, scene of some of the most intense fighting during the war.
Thousands risked their lives to transport military supplies across rugged and
treacherous terrain after the fall of Burma and the loss of the
famous Burma supply route in 1942.
Many others flew with the U.S. Air Transport Command over a 500-mile route, the
``Hump,'' which stretched over the Himalayas from India to Western China. When the first
supplies were brought into China over the ``Stilwell Road'' in 1945, a victory
was won for all free nations.
is most fitting that on Veterans Day weekend, 1988, we
acknowledge the special contributions made by these fellow citizens in our
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of
America, by the authority vested in me by the
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November
as National China-Burma-India Veterans Appreciation Day. I call upon the people
of the United States to observe this day
with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of November, 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
[Filed with the Office
of the Federal Register, , November 14, 1988]