Signs of the Times

["The Right Kind of July 4," from the Woman Citizen, New York, N. Y.]

The General Federation of Women's Clubs is hard at work to celebrate it [the Fourth of July] as "Citizenship Day," with a meaning and a value even greater than their efforts gave to it last year. Their conception is that "America's greatest anniversary" shall be a day of consecration to the finest American ideals for all classes of Americans—the native-born and the newcomers. ... Mrs. Pennybacker, chairman of the Department of American Citizenship, recently sent an outline of this plant to President Harding, and he has replied in a letter in which he says:—

"I am very pleasantly impressed with your program of celebrating the nation's natal day in the dignified, impressive, and inspiring fashion which you suggest. ... It is particularly interesting to me to know that last summer so many as three hundred clubs held community celebrations of this kind, and still more gratifying to learn that you hope for similar observances by several thousand communities at the next Fourth of July. I cannot but feel that the cause of civic betterment and of larger and truer appreciation of citizenship obligations would be splendidly served by the general adoption of your proposal."

July 1, 1922

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