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28 Judge Advoc. J. 1 (1959)

handle is hein.journals/jajrnl30 and id is 1 raw text is: LAW DAY U. S. A. AT THE PENTAGON

• With the reading of the Presi-
dent's proclamation by Major Gen-
eral  Reginald  C. Harmon, The
Judge Advocate General of the Air
Force, Chairman of the event and
spokesman  for the military legal
community, followed   by  a  Color
Presentation by the Joint Armed
Forces Color Guard and a resound-
ing rendition of the National An-
them by the world famous U. S.
Army Field Band and Chorus, mili-
tary observance of Law Day U.S.A.
was inaugurated at the inner court
of the Pentagon on 1 May 1959.
In a ceremony reminiscent of an
old-fashioned Fourth of July, area
members of the various military
services and  Defense  Department
employees took a short time out
from the business of running the
Nation's military establishment to
pay tribute to the body of law
under which we live.
The program, sponsored by the
Institute of Military Law, the Judge
Advocates Asociation and the Pen-
tagon Chapter of the Federal Bar
Association,  was     conspicuously
marked by the inspiring address of
Associats Justice Stanley F. Reed,
of the U. S. Supreme Court. Jus-
tice Reed, commenting on the con-
cept of the Rule of Law and of
Government under law, took     the
opportunity to describe significant
developments in the rule of law be-
tween nations arising out of the
United Nations organization.   At-
tention was also drawn to the body
of military law which governs our
Armed   Forces and the role that

the military lawyer
regard. Mr. Justice
is set forth in full:

plays in that
Reed's address

Americans gather today in     nu-
merous groups, at the suggestion
of our   civil and  military  chief,
President Eisenhower, to rededicate
ourselves to the principle of Gov-
ernment under Law. It is a sat-
isfaction to have this opportunity
to  participate in  this ceremonial
Law Day. It is gratifying to have
this reconfirmation  that our citi-
zens, civil and military alike, fully
realize that we are a people whose
Government thus seeks freedom and
justice for all under our Constitu-
tion. We cherish our liberties as
matters of right, not as grants of
a benevolent autocracy.
Today our military forces must
necessarily be large.   We are no
longer isolated from the danger of
sudden attack.   Modern technology
has so contracted the world that
infractions of our peace, without
time for long preparations, are pos-
sible. These forces are our protec-
tors, however, with members drawn
generally from our families, not a
special military clique for enforce-
ment of military rule. Our Found-
ing  Fathers  felt little need  for
standing   armies  and   deprecated
their establishment for fear that
arrogant militarism   might get a
foothold here and weaken civilian
resistance to military usurpations of
power.   That danger seems imag-
inary now and will continue to be,
so long as the whole people, will to
live in ordered liberty under law.

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