Friday, Oct. 6 is German American Day, commemorating the 300 plus years of German immigration to the United States, beginning with the arrival of the first 13 Mennonite families from Krefeld, Germany on October 6, 1683. They subsequently founded Germantown, Pennsylvania.
In 1988 D.A.N.K., the United German American Committee of the U.S.A., Inc., (VDAK), and the Steuben Society of America, founded the German American Joint Action Committee (GAJAC). GAJAC has subsequently petitioned Congress and government leaders to issue resolutions and proclamations for the annual German American Day.
Through their efforts and that of many other German-American organizations, annual celebrations of German American Day take place throughout the nation since President Ronald Reagan signed the first proclamation in 1987.