White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the accomplishments of individuals who are blind or visually impaired, and the importance of the white cane as a tool of independence. It is a day when the public is educated about the white cane in regards to blind pedestrian safety. Drivers should know to stop when someone is crossing the street with a white cane. On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress was signed into law, and authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama. The White Cane Safety Day 50th anniversary was celebrated locally. Events included a march to the old Savannah court house, speeches and proclamations by city officials, and a luncheon at the Mirage Restaurant. Bob McGarry, Executive Director of L.I.F.E. Inc., and Garrick Scott, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia were the keynote speakers at the luncheon.
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