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Tel. Vanderbilt 2890

^[[Put out flags on April 19th]]

542 Fifth Avenue
New York City

April 9, 1921

Subject: Celebration of Venezuelan Day.

On Tuesday, April 19th, President Harding will make his first oficial visit to New York since his inauguration, to attend the ceremonies in connection with the celebration of Venezuelan Day.

The importance of this occasion will be further emphasized by the presence of the Venezuelan Commission, diplomatic representatives from the South American and Central American Countries, members of the Cabinet and high officers of the Army and Navy of the United States, who will accompany the President on a special train from Washington.

It is our earnest desire to make this occasion a memorable one by honoring our President and by honoring our distinguished visitors. You are invited to participate by appropriate window decorations or by displaying the American and Venezuelan flags from your windows on that day. We want the Fifth Avenue District to present an appearance benefiting this international event and to give further evidence of the strong friendship existing between us and our Latin-American neighbors. I may remind you that where the two flags are flown side by side, the American flag should be placed to the right facing the observer.

The entire celebration will be centered around the unveiling of an equestrian statue in Central Park of General Simon Bolivar, commonly known as the "Liberator" of Northern South America. This statue is the gift of the Venezuelan Government to the City of New York and appropriate ceremonies will mark its dedication. 

Should any information be desired as to where the Venezuelan flags may be made or purchased, or further information regarding the Venezuelan Day, we would be pleased to have you communicate with us. 

Thanking you in advance for your co-operation, and hoping you will ask your business friends to decorate also, I am

Very truly yours
[[signature]] Robert Grier Cooke [[/signature]]

P.S. The automobile escort to President Harding will come up Fifth Avenue and enter Central Park at 72nd Street about 2 P.M.
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