Executive Order 10510

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Signed by President  Dwight D. Eisenhower  Thursday, December 17, 1953 Federal Register  page & date: 18 FR 8527, Saturday, December 19, 1953
See Executive Order 12608, September 9, 1987
Establishing a Seal for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

WHEREAS the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare has adopted and has recommended that I approve a seal of office for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the design of which accompanies and is hereby made a part of this order, and which is described in heraldic terms as follows:

SHIELD: Argent an open book with sanguine binding charged overall with a staff of Aesculapius paleways within an annulet of chain all proper.

CREST: On a wreath argent and sanguine an American bald eagle displayed and wings partially inverted proper.

Below the shield a white scroll inscribed with the motto "SPES ANCHORA VITAE"[1] in black letters, all on a circular sanguine background within a white band, inner edge white, outer edge sanguine, and inscribed "DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE U. S. A.";

AND WHEREAS it appears that such seal is of suitable design an appropriate for adoption as the official seal of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare:

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, I hereby approve such seal as the official seal of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The White House
December 17, 1953



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