PROCLAMATION 3702-JAN. 28, 1966
requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week: NOW, THEREFORE, I, LYNDON B. JOHNSON, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning March 20, 1966, as National Poison Prevention Week. I direct the appropriate agencies of the Federal Government, and I invite State and local governments and organizations, to participate actively in programs designed to promote better protection against accidental poisonings among young children. I N W I T N E S S WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed. DONE at the City of Washington this 27th day of January in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-six, and of the [SEAL] Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and ninetieth. LYNDON B. JOHNSON
By the President: DEAN R U S K,
Proclamation 3702 SAVE YOUR VISION WEEK, 1966 By the President of the United States of America
January 28, 1966
"He that is stricken blind cannot forget the precious treasure of his eyesight lost." Those words of Shakespeare are relevant to us today as we proclaim Save Your Vision Week, 1966. They remind us that the gift of sight is one of the glories of life. To the child it is a red balloon... a mother's smile... a form in a passing cloud. To the adult, it is wisdom from a book... a great painting... a tree with autumn leaves. Those words of Shakespeare remind us, too, that the eyesight which most of us so take for granted in our daily lives can be snatched from any of us, almost without warning. Each year some 30,000 Americans go blind. Half of these cases of blindness could be prevented—by early detection and proper treatment. Modern medical science can cure many diseases of the eye that were formerly considered hopeless. Our task now is to apply such cures where they are needed. The Federal Government is proud of the contribution it is making in this effort. Last summer, through Project Headstart, we discovered more than 22,000 underprivileged children who were suffering from abnormal visual defects. These children are now being helped. But much still remains to be done if we are to educate the public to the importance of proper care and treatment of their eyes. I t was for this reason that the Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 30, 1963 (77 Stat. 629), requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the first week in March of each year as Save Your Vision Week.
36 USC i69a.