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Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States, arrived at Expo 67 in a helicopter to celebrate his country's national holiday on July 4. Security was increased because of the conflicts in Vietnam and in the Middle East. The person in charge of raising the American flag during the ceremony at Place des Nations also received threats. The Boy Scouts of Canada was assigned the task of raising the flag during Expo 67. It was understood that no risks were to be taken. On one particular occasion, the scout leader wore a bullet-proof vest and performed his task with no problems other than the accidental tearing of the flag as it was being raised. After the ceremony, the president visited the United States pavilion, where he was presented with the United States' gift for Canada's centenary: an enormous piece of crystal engraved with the coats of arms of Canada's ten provinces and two territories. He was greeted by many visitors, particularly a large number of Americans visiting Man and His World. President Johnson was at Expo for less than an hour. He then flew to Ottawa for a brief meeting with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. His wife, Claudia Taylor Johnson, known as Lady Bird, spent two days visiting Expo 67 and Montreal in late August. She was completely enchanted by her visit. Their eldest daughter, Lynda Bird Johnson, visited Expo in October.

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