NEW YORK (Dec. 3)
President Roosevelt in a letter to Herbert Bayard Swope, National Chairman of the Bill of Rights Sesquicentennial Committee, today congratulated the Committee for publishing “Our Bill of Rights: What it Means to Me.”
“This tribute to the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of that precious document by the founding fathers clearly sets forth the need for rededication at this time, to those freedoms which, if cherished and kept unweakened, will continue to be one of America’s greatest contributions to the happiness of all mankind,” President Roosevelt wrote.
The book is part of the nationwide celebration of the anniversary by the Sesquicentennial Committee of which President Roosevelt is Honorary Chairman. The climax of the celebration in New York will occur at a luncheon at the Hotel Commodore on December 15, Bill of Rights Day.
The pulpit and the press were called upon by Governor Lehman in a proclamation today designating Monday, Dec. 15, as Bill of Rights Day “to proclaim the preciousness” of that document.
He asked the schools and teachers “to emphasize with special ceremonies the blessings and benefits that flow from the freedoms guaranteed to us in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.” The Governor also requested citizens to arrange programs commemorating the day.