WHEREAS: Law Day is a day of public acknowledgement of our nation's heritage of justice, liberty, and equality under the law, and May 1st has been declared "Law Day" by the United States Congress; and

WHEREAS: An inextricable link exists between freedom and equality, such that our nation's founding documents enshrine the promise of equality under the law; and

WHEREAS: The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, as well as the 50th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Lincoln Memorial wherein he called for our nation to judge people not "by the color of their skin but by the content of their character;" and

WHEREAS: All Americans are entitled to equal protection of the law and endowed with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, the Commanding General, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the United States Army Military District of Washington, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2013, as Law Day and call upon all service members and civilians to recognize our nation's progress and reflect on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights.

Major General, United States Army