Nation sets aside October 9 each year to honor Leif Erikson
and to celebrate our country's Nordic heritage. Almost a thousand years ago
this young Viking explorer set out from Norway to convert Greenlanders
to Christianity. He eventually reached North America and brought back
reports of places he called Helluland, Markland, and Vinland. The explorers,
missionaries, settlers, and adventurers who followed him in later centuries
shared his bold spirit. The memory of Leif Erikson
continues to inspire all who would chart new territory for the good of mankind.
who settled in North America were Nordics. Like ``Leif the Lucky''
they displayed great determination and courage as they came to a new world.
They and their descendants have truly contributed much to our national
heritage; the strength of character and spirit of adventure they trace to their
ancestors, including Leif Erikson, are traits
Americans will always revere as quintessentially American.
honor of Leif Erikson and our Nordic American
heritage, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved on September 2, 1964 (78
Stat. 849, 36 U.S.C. 169c), has authorized the President to proclaim October 9
of each year as ``Leif Erikson Day.''
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim October
as Leif Erikson Day, and I direct the appropriate
government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government
buildings on that day. I also invite the people of the United States to honor Leif Erikson and our Nordic American heritage by holding
appropriate exercises and ceremonies in suitable places throughout our land.
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of October, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and
[Filed with the Office
of the Federal Register, , October 5, 1987]