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Vandenberg proclaims May 1 Law Day

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- In a proclamation signed by Col. Michael Fortney, 30th Space Wing vice commander, May 1 was designated as Law Day at Vandenberg.

First proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day explores the meaning of the rule of law, fostering public understanding of the rule of law through discussion of its role in a free society, according to the American Bar Association.

"This 50th Anniversary theme is 'The Rule of Law--Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity,'" said Maj. Jonathan Widmann, 30th Space Wing judge advocate. "This year's them is meant to remind citizens that we all have a stake in the rule of law, and we all can do our part to strengthen it. The 'rule of law' is an important foundation of a free, democratic society."

As part of Law Day festivities, the monthly wing-wide Fun Run was designated as the "Rule of Law 5K Run for Justice." The legal office felt this was a good way to proclaim Law Day to the entire wing.

"The run gave Airmen time to reflect on the importance of the Rule of Law and even to appreciate it as they ran in a safe, orderly environment where drivers voluntarily submitted to the rules of the road," Major Widmann said. "Hopefully, the wing run also reminded Airmen that, just like personal physical fitness, we citizens of a free, democratic society need to keep the Rule of Law strong by exercising and supporting our legal system."

To see a copy of the proclamation, click here. For more information on Law Day and the Rule of Law, people can visit the American Bar Association Law Day site at www.lawday.org. To find out more about U.S. efforts to strengthen the Rule of Law in other areas of the world, citizens can go to the U.S. State Department's Web site at www.state.gov/ and search under "Rule of Law."