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History Comes Alive as DOT Hosts 50th Anniversary Launch Ceremony

History Comes Alive as DOT Hosts 50th Anniversary Launch Ceremony

When President Lyndon Baines Johnson prepared to name his first U.S. Secretary of Transportation, he knew it would take a creative and intelligent leader to stand up the new Department of Transportation. And he knew that then-Under Secretary of Commerce Alan Boyd was the right man for the job.

Since then, 16 other men and women have taken the Oath of Office for that position, and they have continued down the path that Secretary Boyd blazed. It's a path toward greater safety and mobility, paved by listening to a diverse array of stakeholders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors --and made a lot easier by the professionals at DOT who serve the American people faithfully day in and day out.

Secretaries and audience honor Alan Boyd
Secretaries and audience honor DOT's inaugural Secretary, Alan Boyd (far right) at the 50th Anniversary ceremony.

Today, we were fortunate to have seven of them --including me-- on the stage for the kickoff ceremony of our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, and I can’t thank them enough for joining us. We also were joined by Lynda Johnson Robb --daughter of President Johnson—and Deputy Postmaster Ronald Stroman, and I thank them, too!

We'll have an archived video recording of that ceremony available soon. But in the meantime, I hope you'll check out our new 50th Anniversary website, with fascinating documents about our Department's creation as well as a taste of what we're up to today.

Unveiling the DOT commemorative postmark
Deputy Postmaster Stroman (far left) and Former Secretary Boyd (center) help Secretary Foxx unveil a commemorative postmark at the 50th Anniversary ceremony.

I also hope you'll enjoy this video we showed at today's ceremony. It's a thoughtful exploration of the Department and of life as a Secretary of Transportation. Thanks to the nine contributing Secretaries and the archival footage of President Johnson, it tells a pretty special story.

And, before we get to that video, I also want to thank everyone at DOT who contributed to today’s powerful ceremony. This will be the talk of our DOT town for many days to come!

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I probably have worked for DOT longer that anyone else in the Department. 42 years as a federal employee going back to September, 1971 and an additional 3 years as a contractor.
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