12 Stat. 387.
Ante, p. 400.
PROCLAMATION 3426—AUG. 25, 1961
support of colleges to promote "liberal and practical education... in the several pursuits and professions in life"; and WHEREAS the Act opened the doors of colleges and universities to all with the ability and will to learn, irrespective of heredity, occupation, or economic status; and WHEREAS the land-grant institutions in the fifty States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico carry research and teaching to the citizens of these States and the Commonwealth and to people of other nations, particularly the emerging nations, seeking solutions to economic, social, and physical ills, and enriching the cultural life of the people; and WHEREAS the land-grant system of higher education is the Nation's largest single source of trained and educated manpower and now contributes more than one-half of the Nation's trained scientists and nearly one-half of all Regular and Reserve officers entering the armed forces through the military programs conducted at civilian institutions; and WHEREAS these institutions have historically maintained and currently maintain close cooperative relationships with the United States Department of Agriculture, which marks the centennial of its establishment on May 15, 1962, and also maintain close working relationships with other departments and agencies of the Government, including the Departments of Defense, the Interior, Commerce, Labor, and Health, Education, and Welfare, the United States Information Agency, and the International Cooperation Administration; and WHEREAS the Congress, by a joint resolution approved August 25, 1961, has
requested the President to issue a proclamation recognizing the centennial of the establishment of the land-grant system of universities and colleges: NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN P. KENNEDY, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim that it is fitting and proper to commemorate the centennial of this historic Act of Congress; and I request that the agen-