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773 Presidential Memoranda issued by Proclamation

Proclamation 9677 of November 17, 2017 National Family Week, 2017 A Proclamation During National Family Week, we emphasize the importance of preserving and promoting strong families, the cornerstone of our society. Families are as diverse as our Nation. They often extend beyond moms, dads, and their children, and include … [read more]

Start Printed Page 55721 Proclamation 9678 of November 17, 2017 Thanksgiving Day, 2017 A Proclamation On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, for … [read more]

Proclamation 9675 of November 10, 2017 American Education Week, 2017 A Proclamation During American Education Week, we recognize that the foundation of the American Dream is a quality education that instills lifelong skills and develops strong character. All our Nation's children deserve the chance to be successful, to live … [read more]

Start Printed Page 55303 Proclamation 9676 of November 10, 2017 National Apprenticeship Week, 2017 A Proclamation During National Apprenticeship Week, we recognize the important role apprenticeships play in unleashing the American workforce. Americans are known for our remarkable productivity, industriousness, and innovative thinking. By pairing these valued traits with … [read more]

Proclamation 9674 of November 10, 2017 Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War A Proclamation Today, I lead our Nation in somber reflection as we continue the 13-year Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War that began in 2012. We salute our brave Vietnam veterans … [read more]

Proclamation 9673 of November 8, 2017 World Freedom Day, 2017 A Proclamation For 28 years, the Berlin Wall divided families, friends, and communities, barricading oppressed Germans living on the Eastern side from seeking the freedom they deserved in the West. This World Freedom Day, 28 years after the fall … [read more]

Proclamation 9672 of November 7, 2017 Veterans Day, 2017 A Proclamation Our veterans represent the very best of America. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending … [read more]

Proclamation 9671 of November 5, 2017 Honoring the Victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, Shooting A Proclamation We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church. As we mourn the victims of … [read more]

Proclamation 9670 of November 1, 2017 National Veterans and Military Families Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor the significant contributions made by American service members, their families, and their loved ones. We set aside this month surrounding Veterans Day to hold observances … [read more]

Start Printed Page 51543 Proclamation 9669 of October 31, 2017 National Native American Heritage Month, 2017 A Proclamation American Indians and Alaska Natives are inextricably linked with the history of the United States. Beginning with the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth Colony and continuing until the present day, Native American's … [read more]

Proclamation 9665 of October 31, 2017 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, 2017 A Proclamation During Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, we emphasize the importance of safeguarding our Nation's infrastructure. Critical infrastructure systems are those physical and virtual assets that are essential to our physical security, economic security, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 51539 Proclamation 9667 of October 31, 2017 National Entrepreneurship Month, 2017 A Proclamation National Entrepreneurship Month celebrates one of our Nation's proudest qualities: our innovative, hardworking, entrepreneurial spirit. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 51537 Proclamation 9666 of October 31, 2017 National Adoption Month, 2017 A Proclamation Every year, generous and loving families adopt thousands of children and provide them with the affection, attention, and opportunity they deserve. Adoption is a true blessing that greatly enriches the lives of parents … [read more]

Start Printed Page 51541 Proclamation 9668 of October 31, 2017 National Family Caregivers Month, 2017 A Proclamation Every day, compassionate Americans devote time, energy, and resources to ensure that family members who are disabled, elderly, chronically ill, or injured can remain in the stability and comfort of familiar surroundings. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 50053 Proclamation 9664 of October 23, 2017 United Nations Day, 2017 A Proclamation On United Nations Day, we recognize the more than seven decades of contributions the United Nations has made to peace and security among nations. The United Nations was founded on the vision that … [read more]

Proclamation 9663 of October 20, 2017 Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2017 A Proclamation Since our earliest days, hardworking entrepreneurs have driven our Nation's prosperity. During Minority Enterprise Development Week, we recognize the contributions that minority-owned businesses make to our economy and our way of life, and we strive to … [read more]

Proclamation 9660 of October 13, 2017 National Character Counts Week, 2017 A Proclamation We celebrate National Character Counts Week because few things are more important than cultivating strong character in all our citizens, especially our young people. The grit and integrity of our people, visible throughout our history, defines … [read more]

Start Printed Page 48753 Proclamation 9662 of October 13, 2017 Blind Americans Equality Day, 2017 A Proclamation On Blind Americans Equality Day, we celebrate the achievements of our blind and visually impaired citizens. These individuals make meaningful contributions every day to our country, enhancing and strengthening our communities and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 48751 Proclamation 9661 of October 13, 2017 National Forest Products Week, 2017 A Proclamation During National Forest Products Week, we recognize the invaluable contribution forest products make to our daily lives, the forest products industry's importance to our economy, and the incredible beauty and recreational opportunities … [read more]

Proclamation 9659 of October 12, 2017 National Energy Awareness Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Energy Awareness Month, we commit to achieving an America First energy policy that will lower energy costs for hardworking Americans, protect our national security, and promote responsible stewardship of the environment. The United States … [read more]

Proclamation 9658 of October 10, 2017 General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2017 A Proclamation Today, we commemorate General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant whose heroic contributions to the American Revolutionary War helped shape our Nation's history. Known as the “Father of the American Cavalry,” General Pulaski demonstrated bravery as a … [read more]

Proclamation 9653 of October 6, 2017 Fire Prevention Week, 2017 A Proclamation During Fire Prevention Week, we recognize the dangers posed by fires and emphasize the importance of fire prevention and preparation. We also honor our Nation's brave firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty … [read more]

Start Printed Page 47951 Proclamation 9657 of October 6, 2017 Leif Erikson Day, 2017 A Proclamation More than a thousand years ago, explorer Leif Erikson—son of Iceland and grandson of Norway—sailed with his crew to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and perhaps even as far west as Maine. These intrepid explorers … [read more]

Start Printed Page 47949 Proclamation 9656 of October 6, 2017 Columbus Day, 2017 A Proclamation Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. The voyage was a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the age … [read more]

Start Printed Page 47947 Proclamation 9655 of October 6, 2017 National Manufacturing Day, 2017 A Proclamation America's manufacturers have laid the foundation for our Nation's vibrant economy and have secured our reputation as an economic superpower. Our manufacturing products consistently set the global standard for design and quality. American … [read more]

Start Printed Page 47945 Proclamation 9654 of October 6, 2017 National School Lunch Week, 2017 A Proclamation The health and well-being of our children is vital to the success of our Nation. When our Nation's youth have their basic needs fulfilled, they can better focus on succeeding in school … [read more]

Proclamation 9652 of October 5, 2017 German-American Day, 2017 A Proclamation On October 6, 1683, 13 families landed in Philadelphia, having set sail earlier that year from the German city of Krefeld. These pioneers founded the first German settlement in America: Germantown, Pennsylvania, the first American community to formally … [read more]

Proclamation 9651 of October 2, 2017 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada A Proclamation Our Nation is heartbroken. We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night's horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada. As we grieve, we pray that God … [read more]

Proclamation 9646 of September 28, 2017 National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the many contributions of American workers with disabilities and reaffirm our admiration of the skills and talents they bring to today's workplace. Every American who is willing … [read more]

Start Printed Page 46359 Proclamation 9649 of September 29, 2017 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2017 A Proclamation Domestic violence is never acceptable. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I call on all Americans to promote the safety and liberty of the women, men, and children who are subjected … [read more]

Start Printed Page 46361 Proclamation 9650 of September 29, 2017 Child Health Day, 2017 A Proclamation On Child Health Day, we commit to protecting and promoting the health and well-being of our Nation's young people. How we treat our young people is a fundamental test of who we are … [read more]

Start Printed Page 46357 Proclamation 9648 of September 29, 2017 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2017 A Proclamation All Americans are affected by threats to our Nation's cybersecurity. In recent years, bad actors in cyberspace have launched attacks on a cross-section of America: businesses both small and large, State and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 46355 Proclamation 9647 of September 29, 2017 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2017 A Proclamation As we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Nation joins in solidarity with those who are currently battling breast cancer and we remember those we have lost to the disease. … [read more]

Proclamation 9644 of September 22, 2017 Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, 2017 A Proclamation As we solemnly observe Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, we honor and extend our deepest gratitude to the families of military service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our … [read more]

Start Printed Page 45161 Proclamation 9645 of September 24, 2017 Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats A Proclamation In Executive Order 13780 of March 6, 2017 (Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United … [read more]

Start Printed Page 44293 Proclamation 9641 of September 15, 2017 National Gang Violence Prevention Week, 2017 A Proclamation Every day, innocent Americans are the victims of terrible crimes perpetrated by violent gangs and criminal cartels. During National Gang Violence Prevention Week, my Administration pledges to restore justice to American … [read more]

Proclamation 9639 of September 15, 2017 Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, 2017 A Proclamation On the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States, we celebrate the enduring brilliance of our Founding Charter and recognize all American citizens. Older than any other written constitution in use … [read more]

Start Printed Page 44295 Proclamation 9642 of September 15, 2017 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2017 A Proclamation As we celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, we recognize the extraordinary contributions that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have made, and continue to make, to the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 44291 Proclamation 9640 of September 15, 2017 National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2017 A Proclamation As the fall harvest begins, we reflect on the vital contributions of hard-working American farmers, ranchers, and foresters, and we commit to ensuring their health and their safety. During National … [read more]

Start Printed Page 44297 Proclamation 9643 of September 15, 2017 Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2017 A Proclamation During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we draw renewed attention to the scourge that continues to devastate individuals, families, and communities across our Nation. Preliminary data indicates … [read more]

Proclamation 9637 of September 13, 2017 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our great Nation. We are grateful for the many contributions Hispanic American men and women make to our society and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 43663 Proclamation 9638 of September 13, 2017 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2017 A Proclamation Americans are blessed with many freedoms thanks to the hard-earned battle victories and tremendous sacrifices of our military men and women. The members of our Armed Forces shine a light of freedom … [read more]

Proclamation 9635 of September 8, 2017 National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2017 A Proclamation During National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, our Nation recalls the nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered on September 11, 2001. As we reflect on our sorrow and our grief, we come together to pray … [read more]

Start Printed Page 43295 Proclamation 9636 of September 8, 2017 Patriot Day, 2017 A Proclamation On Patriot Day, we honor the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken from us on September 11, 2001, and all of those who so nobly aided their fellow citizens in America's time of need. We … [read more]

Proclamation 9634 of September 1, 2017 National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for Our National Response and Recovery Efforts A Proclamation Hurricane Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas, on the evening of August 25, 2017. The storm has … [read more]

Proclamation 9633 of August 31, 2017 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, we stand with the millions of Americans in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, and reaffirm our commitment to support those who are struggling with … [read more]

Proclamation 9632 of August 30, 2017 National Preparedness Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Preparedness Month, we bring attention to the importance of readying ourselves for disasters, both natural and man-made. We also take this time to extend our sincerest gratitude to first responders, who selflessly run toward danger … [read more]

Proclamation 9631 of August 25, 2017 Women's Equality Day, 2017 A Proclamation On August 26, 1920, America ratified the 19th Amendment, securing for women a sacred right of citizenship: the right to vote. On the anniversary of that historic day, we celebrate Women's Equality Day and the innumerable contributions … [read more]

Start Printed Page 40471 Proclamation 9630 of August 20, 2017 National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2017 A Proclamation Throughout our Nation's history, Americans from all walks of life have made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedom. Today, more than one million citizen soldiers, sailors, … [read more]

Proclamation 9629 of July 26, 2017 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2017 A Proclamation On National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, we honor the patriots who defended the Korean Peninsula against the spread of Communism in what became the first major conflict of the Cold War. We remember … [read more]

Proclamation 9628 of July 25, 2017 Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2017 A Proclamation On the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we celebrate the landmark legislation that marks our Nation's commitment to ending discrimination against people with disabilities. The ADA's recognition of the inherent … [read more]

Proclamation 9627 of July 17, 2017 Made in America Day and Made in America Week, 2017 A Proclamation Today, we mark the first Made in America Day and recognize the vital contributions of American workers and job creators to our Nation's prosperity and strength. America owes much of its … [read more]

Proclamation 9626 of July 14, 2017 Captive Nations Week, 2017 A Proclamation During Captive Nations Week, we stand in solidarity with those living under repressive regimes, and we commit to promoting our American ideals, grounded in respect for natural rights and protected by the rule of law, throughout the … [read more]

Proclamation 9625 of June 29, 2017 To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. Pursuant to sections 501 and 503(a)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the “1974 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2461 and 2463(a)(1)(A)), the President may, after … [read more]

Start Printed Page 28389 Proclamation 9624 of June 16, 2017 Father's Day, 2017 A Proclamation Father's Day is a special occasion that reminds us to pause and thank the men in our lives who have taken on the responsibility of raising children. As sons and daughters, we recognize the … [read more]

Proclamation 9623 of June 14, 2017 Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2017 A Proclamation On Flag Day, we honor the symbol that reminds us that we are one Nation under God, united in our pursuit of liberty and justice for all. Today, we celebrate and recognize June 14 … [read more]

Proclamation 9618 of May 31, 2017 African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2017 A Proclamation During June, we pay tribute to the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to American music. The indelible legacy of these musicians—who have witnessed our Nation's greatest achievements, as well as its greatest … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25929 Proclamation 9622 of May 31, 2017 National Ocean Month, 2017 A Proclamation National Ocean Month celebrates the mighty oceans and their extraordinary resources. This month, we recognize the importance of harnessing the seas for our national security and prosperity. Thirty-four years ago, President Ronald Reagan … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25927 Proclamation 9621 of May 31, 2017 National Homeownership Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Homeownership Month, we recognize the many benefits of homeownership to our families, our communities, and our Nation. For generations of Americans, owning a home has been an essential element in achieving … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25925 Proclamation 9620 of May 31, 2017 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2017 A Proclamation National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and our long, shared history with the peoples of the Caribbean. We are grateful for the culture Caribbean Americans … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25923 Proclamation 9619 of May 31, 2017 Great Outdoors Month, 2017 A Proclamation With June comes the summer sun, longer days, and warmer weather—the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. During Great Outdoors Month, we encourage all Americans to experience the beauty and adventure of … [read more]

Proclamation 9617 of May 24, 2017 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2017 A Proclamation Memorial Day is our Nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never free. It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 23993 Proclamation 9614 of May 19, 2017 World Trade Week, 2017 A Proclamation Robust trade is critical to the economic strength of our country. During World Trade Week, we recognize the power of open markets around the world and celebrate the many benefits that fair international … [read more]

Proclamation 9612 of May 19, 2017 Emergency Medical Services Week, 2017 A Proclamation During Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, we express our gratitude for the hundreds of thousands of skilled personnel who help save lives in communities across the United States each year. Through the hard work and dedication … [read more]

Start Printed Page 23991 Proclamation 9613 of May 19, 2017 National Safe Boating Week, 2017 A Proclamation As Memorial Day approaches and our summer season arrives, it is important for Americans of all ages to learn about safety on the water. During National Safe Boating Week, the U.S. Coast … [read more]

Start Printed Page 23997 Proclamation 9616 of May 19, 2017 National Maritime Day, 2017 A Proclamation On National Maritime Day, we recognize the important role the United States Merchant Marine plays in supporting our commerce and national security. We honor the proud history of our merchant mariners and their … [read more]

Start Printed Page 23995 Proclamation 9615 of May 19, 2017 Armed Forces Day, 2017 A Proclamation For almost 70 years, our Nation has set aside one day to recognize the great debt we owe to the men and women who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, … [read more]

Proclamation 9611 of May 15, 2017 Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2017 A Proclamation During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor the men and women of law enforcement who have been killed or disabled in the course of serving our communities. Police officers are … [read more]

Start Printed Page 22731 Proclamation 9609 of May 12, 2017 Mother's Day, 2017 A Proclamation Mother's Day is a special celebration in America. It is an occasion to thank our mothers for the life and love they have given us and to emphasize our affection for them, affection they … [read more]

Proclamation 9608 of May 12, 2017 Military Spouse Day, 2017 A Proclamation On Military Spouse Day, we honor military spouses for their invaluable contributions to the defense of this great Nation. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan first recognized this day with a proclamation, honoring the exemplary service and immeasurable … [read more]

Start Printed Page 22733 Proclamation 9610 of May 12, 2017 National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, 2017 A Proclamation During National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, we celebrate our Nation's land, air, and sea infrastructure systems. These critical systems connect Americans to one another, provide … [read more]

Proclamation 9606 of May 5, 2017 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2017 A Proclamation National Hurricane Preparedness Week reminds those of us living in hurricane-prone areas of the need to ready our homes, communities, and families for extreme weather events before hurricane season arrives. Preparing for weather-related disasters can dramatically … [read more]

Start Printed Page 21903 Proclamation 9607 of May 5, 2017 Public Service Recognition Week, 2017 A Proclamation During Public Service Recognition Week, we express gratitude for our civil servants. Their daily effort keeps our Government functioning and helps make our Nation exceptional. Throughout my first 100 days, I have … [read more]

Proclamation 9605 of May 4, 2017 National Day of Prayer, 2017 A Proclamation We come together on our National Day of Prayer as one Nation, under God, to show gratitude for our many blessings, to give thanks for His providence, and to ask for His continued wisdom, strength, and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 21105 Proclamation 9604 of May 1, 2017 Law Day, U.S.A., 2017 A Proclamation Today, we celebrate Law Day, as we have since President Dwight D. Eisenhower first commemorated it in 1958, and reflect upon our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality. Our Founders risked their … [read more]

Proclamation 9603 of May 1, 2017 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2017 A Proclamation National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to recognize the millions of American families affected by mental illness and to redouble our efforts to ensure that those who are suffering get the care and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20799 Proclamation 9597 of April 28, 2017 National Foster Care Month, 2017 A Proclamation During the month of May, we observe National Foster Care Month and we celebrate those who have opened their homes and their hearts to children in need and those who have devoted … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20801 Proclamation 9598 of April 28, 2017 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2017 A Proclamation During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we remind Americans of all ages and backgrounds that maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is critical to long-term physical and mental well-being, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20803 Proclamation 9599 of April 28, 2017 Older Americans Month, 2017 A Proclamation Older Americans are our Nation's memory. Some of today's grandparents and great-grandparents were born during the Great Depression, lived through the Second World War, witnessed the rise and fall of Communism, fought in … [read more]

Proclamation 9595 of April 28, 2017 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2017 A Proclamation This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that enrich our Nation. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20807 Proclamation 9601 of April 28, 2017 Small Business Week, 2017 A Proclamation During Small Business Week, we celebrate our Nation's small business owners, whose entrepreneurship and hard work bring jobs and prosperity to our communities. Small business owners embody the American pioneering spirit and remind … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20809 Proclamation 9602 of April 28, 2017 Loyalty Day, 2017 A Proclamation On Loyalty Day, we recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles upon which our Nation is built. We pledge our dedication to the United States of America and honor its unique heritage, reminding … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20805 Proclamation 9600 of April 28, 2017 National Charter Schools Week, 2017 A Proclamation During National Charter Schools Week, we recommit ourselves to empowering students and giving parents their rightful freedom over their children's education. We recognize the successful public charter schools across the country and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20797 Proclamation 9596 of April 28, 2017 Jewish American Heritage Month, 2017 A Proclamation During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our Nation's strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people. The small band of Dutch Jews who first … [read more]

Proclamation 9594 of April 24, 2017 Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2017 A Proclamation On Yom HaShoah—the day of Holocaust Remembrance—and during this Week of Remembrance, we honor the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and attempted annihilation … [read more]

Proclamation 9593 of April 21, 2017 National Volunteer Week, 2017 A Proclamation During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the spirit of compassion and generosity that drives us to care for others, and we recognize America's volunteers. Our volunteers are often unsung and unseen, but they are heroes. One of … [read more]

Proclamation 9592 of April 14, 2017 National Park Week, 2017 A Proclamation This year we celebrate National Park Week as the National Park Service begins its second century as a critical guardian of America's Federal public lands. During National Park Week, national parks across our country waive their entrance … [read more]

Proclamation 9590 of April 7, 2017 Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2017 A Proclamation Pan American Day and Pan American Week commemorate the 127th anniversary of the conclusion of the First International Conference of American States. This inter-American gathering planted the seed for the creation of the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 17747 Proclamation 9591 of April 7, 2017 National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2017 A Proclamation On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, America honors our service men and women imprisoned during war. These patriots have moved and inspired our Nation through their unyielding … [read more]

Proclamation 9589 of April 6, 2017 Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2017 A Proclamation At the core of the American Dream lies the belief that our futures are not pre-determined and can be improved through learning and hard work. On Education and Sharing Day, we acknowledge the critical role … [read more]

Start Printed Page 17377 Proclamation 9588 of April 5, 2017 Honoring the Memory of John Glenn A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of … [read more]

Proclamation 9587 of April 3, 2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2017 A Proclamation During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, we stand with crime victims and their families, we renew our commitment to safeguarding our communities from crime, and we recognize those who devote their lives to supporting and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 16715 Proclamation 9585 of March 31, 2017 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2017 A Proclamation At the heart of our country is the emphatic belief that every person has unique and infinite value. We dedicate each April to raising awareness about sexual abuse and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 16709 Proclamation 9582 of March 31, 2017 National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2017 A Proclamation Childhood is precious. Growing up in a loving home, with a nurturing family, surrounded by a safe community gives our children the best opportunity to realize their full potential. Sadly, mistreatment … [read more]

Start Printed Page 16713 Proclamation 9584 of March 31, 2017 National Financial Capability Month, 2017 A Proclamation The ability of Americans to plan, save, and invest is vital to their building wealth and pursuing the American Dream. One of my first actions as President was to issue an Executive … [read more]

Proclamation 9581 of March 31, 2017 Cancer Control Month, 2017 A Proclamation The creativity and commitment of America's incredible medical research and healthcare communities have made the United States the biomedical innovation capital of the world. In particular, American innovators have made ground-breaking advances in cancer research. These innovations … [read more]

Start Printed Page 16711 Proclamation 9583 of March 31, 2017 National Donate Life Month, 2017 A Proclamation Every day, Americans sustain the miracle of life by generously donating their organs and tissue to others in need. During National Donate Life Month, we honor the living and deceased donors who … [read more]

Start Printed Page 16717 Proclamation 9586 of March 31, 2017 World Autism Awareness Day, 2017 A Proclamation On World Autism Awareness Day, we highlight the importance of addressing the causes and improving the treatments for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). We also recognize the importance of identifying ASDs early in … [read more]

Proclamation 9580 of March 24, 2017 Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2017 A Proclamation This year marks the 196th anniversary of Greek independence. Greek and American democracy are forever intertwined. American patriots built our Republic on the ancient Greeks' groundbreaking idea … [read more]

Proclamation 9579 of March 21, 2017 National Agriculture Day, 2017 A Proclamation America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity. The efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined. … [read more]

Proclamation 9578 of March 17, 2017 National Poison Prevention Week, 2017 A Proclamation The United States has made great strides in preventing unintentional childhood poisoning deaths. Thanks to combined national, State, and local efforts over the course of years, Americans have reduced childhood fatalities related to accidental poisoning in … [read more]

Proclamation 9577 of March 6, 2017 National Consumer Protection Week, 2017 A Proclamation The economic strength and vitality of our Nation is directly linked to our consumers' confidence in the integrity and security of their personal information and the robust protection of their privacy. As an increasing number of … [read more]

Proclamation 9574 of March 1, 2017 American Red Cross Month, 2017 A Proclamation For more than 135 years, the American Red Cross has stepped into the breach, providing shelter, food, and emotional support to victims of natural disaster, war, conflict, and unexpected hardship. Today, the Red Cross is responsible … [read more]

Start Printed Page 12711 Proclamation 9576 of March 1, 2017 Women's History Month, 2017 A Proclamation We are proud of our Nation's achievements in promoting women's full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women's continued advancement in America and around … [read more]

Start Printed Page 12709 Proclamation 9575 of March 1, 2017 Irish-American Heritage Month, 2017 A Proclamation Irish Americans have made an indelible mark on the United States. From Dublin, California, to Limerick, Maine, from Emerald Isle, North Carolina, to Shamrock, Texas, we are reminded of the more than 35 … [read more]

Proclamation 9573 of February 2, 2017 American Heart Month, 2017 A Proclamation The death rate from heart disease in the United States has fallen dramatically since the 1960s, a significant public health victory. Despite this progress, heart disease remains a leading cause of death for both men and women … [read more]

Proclamation 9572 of February 1, 2017 National African American History Month, 2017 A Proclamation As we celebrate National African American History Month, we recognize the heritage and achievements of African Americans. The contributions African Americans have made and continue to make are an integral part of our society, and … [read more]

Proclamation 9571 of January 25, 2017 National School Choice Week, 2017 A Proclamation The foundation of a good life begins with a great education. Today, too many of our children are stuck in schools that do not provide this opportunity. Because the education of our young people is so … [read more]

Proclamation 9570 of January 20, 2017 National Day of Patriotic Devotion A Proclamation A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires the American heart. We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared purpose. Freedom is the birthright of all Americans, and to preserve … [read more]

Proclamation 9568 of January 13, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2017 A Proclamation When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared his dream with the world atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he gave mighty voice to our founding ideals. Few could have imagined that … [read more]

Proclamation 9567 of January 12, 2017 Establishment of the Reconstruction Era National Monument A Proclamation The Reconstruction Era, a period spanning the early Civil War years until the start of Jim Crow racial segregation in the 1890s, was a time of significant transformation in the United States, as the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 7617 Proclamation 9569 of January 13, 2017 Religious Freedom Day, 2017 A Proclamation Believing that “Almighty God hath created the mind free,” Thomas Jefferson authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom after our young Nation declared its independence. This idea of religious liberty later became a … [read more]

Proclamation 9563 of January 12, 2017 Boundary Enlargement of the California Coastal National Monument A Proclamation Through Proclamation 7264 of January 11, 2000, President Clinton established the California Coastal National Monument (monument) to protect the biological treasures situated on thousands of unappropriated or unreserved islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 6145 Proclamation 9564 of January 12, 2017 Boundary Enlargement of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument A Proclamation Through Proclamation 7318 of June 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton established the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (monument) to protect the ecological wonders and biological diversity at the interface of the Cascade, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 6151 Proclamation 9565 of January 12, 2017 Establishment of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument A Proclamation The A.G. Gaston Motel (Gaston Motel), located in Birmingham, Alabama, within walking distance of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and other landmarks of the American civil … [read more]

Start Printed Page 6159 Proclamation 9566 of January 12, 2017 Establishment of the Freedom Riders National Monument A Proclamation An interracial group of “Freedom Riders” set out in May 1961 on a journey from Washington, DC, to New Orleans through the Deep South. In organizing the 1961 Freedom Rides, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 1161 Proclamation 9562 of December 28, 2016 National Stalking Awareness Month, 2017 A Proclamation Every year, stalkers deny too many people the comfort and safety they deserve, violating our basic expectation of dignity and respect for all. Posing risks to both the physical and emotional health … [read more]

Start Printed Page 1157 Proclamation 9560 of December 28, 2016 National Mentoring Month, 2017 A Proclamation With every generation, our Nation has expanded the essential idea that no matter who you are or where you come from, America is a place where—with hard work and perseverance—you can make it … [read more]

Start Printed Page 1159 Proclamation 9561 of December 28, 2016 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017 A Proclamation Our Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart—its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all … [read more]

Proclamation 9558 of December 28, 2016 Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument A Proclamation Rising from the center of the southeastern Utah landscape and visible from every direction are twin buttes so distinctive that in each of the native languages of the region their name is the same: … [read more]

Start Printed Page 1149 Proclamation 9559 of December 28, 2016 Establishment of the Gold Butte National Monument A Proclamation In southeast Nevada lies a landscape of contrast and transition, where dramatically chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains punctuate flat stretches of the Mojave Desert. This remote and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 93789 Proclamation 9557 of December 16, 2016 Wright Brothers Day, 2016 A Proclamation On December 17, 1903, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio successfully flew the world's first powered aircraft. The plane remained airborne for only 12 seconds, but Orville and Wilbur Wright's innovative legacy has endured … [read more]

Proclamation 9556 of December 16, 2016 Returning the Flag of the United States to Full-Staff A Proclamation By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at … [read more]

Proclamation 9555 of December 15, 2016 To Implement the Nepal Preference Program and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. Section 915(b) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the “TFTEA”) (19 U.S.C. 4454) confers authority upon the President to provide preferential treatment for eligible articles imported … [read more]

Proclamation 9554 of December 14, 2016 Bill of Rights Day, 2016 A Proclamation After much debate and deliberation among the Framers, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution were written to reflect a compromise between preserving the rights of individual citizens and supporting a strong and secure Federal Government. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 90665 Proclamation 9553 of December 9, 2016 Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2016 A Proclamation When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948, it set in motion a movement to secure liberty and justice for all people. Out of … [read more]

Proclamation 9552 of December 9, 2016 Death of John Glenn A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the … [read more]

Proclamation 9551 of December 6, 2016 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016 A Proclamation Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called … [read more]

Proclamation 9550 of December 2, 2016 International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2016 A Proclamation Over a quarter-century ago, the United States enshrined into law the principles of equal access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which upholds the principle that … [read more]

Proclamation 9547 of November 30, 2016 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2016 A Proclamation Driving drunk, drugged, or distracted poses a significant threat to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and all who share our roads. During the holiday season, incidents of impaired driving occur more frequently, and every December, we observe … [read more]

Start Printed Page 87399 Proclamation 9548 of November 30, 2016 World AIDS Day, 2016 A Proclamation Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination. HIV/AIDS has taken tens of millions of lives—and far too many people with HIV have … [read more]

Start Printed Page 87401 Proclamation 9549 of December 1, 2016 To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. Section 1205(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (the “1988 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 3005(a)) directs the United States International … [read more]

Proclamation 9546 of November 23, 2016 Thanksgiving Day, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 400 years ago, a small band of Pilgrims fled persecution and violence and came to this land as refugees in search of opportunity and the freedom to practice their faith. Though the journey was rough and their … [read more]

Proclamation 9544 of November 18, 2016 National Family Week, 2016 A Proclamation Through every passing generation, families have formed the backbone of our society. With pride, passion, and a commitment to their loved ones, family members give of themselves to create opportunities they never had and forge a brighter … [read more]

Start Printed Page 85103 Proclamation 9545 of November 18, 2016 National Child's Day, 2016 A Proclamation No matter what zip code they are born into, every young child in America deserves the opportunity to learn, grow, and realize their dreams in a safe and healthy environment. From ensuring they … [read more]

Proclamation 9543 of November 14, 2016 America Recycles Day, 2016 A Proclamation Having only one planet and limited natural resources, it is imperative we reduce our environmental impact—particularly when it comes to waste. More than half of everything we throw away gets permanently discarded, packing landfills across our country … [read more]

Start Printed Page 80985 Proclamation 9541 of November 10, 2016 Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, 2016 A Proclamation Since their discovery nearly nine decades ago, antibiotics have transformed the world of modern medicine. They have been instrumental in combating previously deadly or debilitating illnesses and have saved countless lives. … [read more]

Proclamation 9540 of November 10, 2016 American Education Week, 2016 A Proclamation With great potential to prepare our young people for the world they will inherit and lead, education provides one of the most essential foundations for prosperity and opportunity, strengthening our democracy and civic life and serving as … [read more]

Start Printed Page 80987 Proclamation 9542 of November 10, 2016 National Apprenticeship Week, 2016 A Proclamation When I took office, our economy was in freefall—millions of Americans lost their jobs and paid the price of the worst recession of our time. But with grit and determination, our people fought … [read more]

Proclamation 9538 of November 8, 2016 World Freedom Day, 2016 A Proclamation The Berlin Wall stood in the city it divided for nearly 30 years, separating families and loved ones and embodying the authoritarianism that reigned in Communist states throughout the Cold War. On November 9, 1989, with the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 79987 Proclamation 9539 of November 8, 2016 Veterans Day, 2016 A Proclamation America has long stood as a beacon of hope and opportunity, and few embody that spirit here at home and beyond our borders more than the members of our Armed Forces. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76839 Proclamation 9536 of October 31, 2016 National Family Caregivers Month, 2016 A Proclamation Our Nation was founded on the fundamental ideal that we all do better when we look out for one another, and every day, millions of Americans from every walk of life balance … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76841 Proclamation 9537 of October 31, 2016 National Native American Heritage Month, 2016 A Proclamation As the First Americans, Native Americans have helped shape the future of the United States through every turn of our history. Today, young American Indians and Alaska Natives embrace open-ended possibility … [read more]

Proclamation 9533 of October 31, 2016 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, 2016 A Proclamation From the energy that powers our homes to the systems that allow us to communicate with one another, our critical infrastructure is essential to the stability and strength of our national security, economy, and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76835 Proclamation 9534 of October 31, 2016 National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation A heartbreaking disease present in more than 5 million Americans, Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and causes people to lose many of the critical abilities they need to … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76837 Proclamation 9535 of October 31, 2016 National Entrepreneurship Month, 2016 A Proclamation Entrepreneurs in America have long lent their talents and passions to solving problems, generating growth and prosperity, and turning dreams into new goods and services for people across our Nation and around the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76487 Proclamation 9532 of October 28, 2016 National Diabetes Month, 2016 A Proclamation More than 29 million Americans have diabetes—a disease in which the glucose levels in one's blood are higher than normal. Although the rate of new cases is falling, the numbers are still alarming. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76485 Proclamation 9531 of October 28, 2016 National College Application Month, 2016 A Proclamation In America, all people deserve an equal chance to succeed, and expanding access to affordable higher education is necessary for bringing us closer to fulfilling this ideal. Over the past several generations, … [read more]

Proclamation 9529 of October 27, 2016 Military Family Month, 2016 A Proclamation For generations, brave Americans have stepped forward and answered our country's call to serve in our Armed Forces. With honor and distinction, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen fight to defend the principles upon which … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76269 Proclamation 9530 of October 27, 2016 National Adoption Month, 2016 A Proclamation Across America, adoptive parents welcome children into stable, loving families, providing a safe and comforting place for children in need to call home. Families who choose the life-changing path of adoption make a … [read more]

Start Printed Page 74655 Proclamation 9528 of October 21, 2016 United Nations Day, 2016 A Proclamation Seventy-one years ago, after rolling back a tide of tyranny that threatened Europe and the world, members of the international community came together to sign the United Nations Charter—advancing a promise to replace … [read more]

Proclamation 9527 of October 26, 2016 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2016 A Proclamation America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are living monuments to the cause that has driven each generation of our citizens in the task of perfecting our Union—helping ensure that all people can … [read more]

Proclamation 9526 of October 18, 2016 Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2016 A Proclamation Since our earliest days, entrepreneurship has embodied the very promise of our Nation, reaffirming the notion that in a place of such limitless potential, Americans can forge a prosperous future and build a better life for … [read more]

Start Printed Page 72477 Proclamation 9524 of October 14, 2016 National Forest Products Week, 2016 A Proclamation Filtering the air we breathe and the water we drink, and providing the habitats that are home to diverse species of fish and wildlife, forests are an essential part of our planet. … [read more]

Proclamation 9523 of October 14, 2016 National Character Counts Week, 2016 A Proclamation Our country has survived centuries of trial and triumph, and we have endured times that have tested us and marked moments of progress that were once deemed impossible. Today, we live in a time of extraordinary … [read more]

Start Printed Page 72479 Proclamation 9525 of October 14, 2016 Blind Americans Equality Day, 2016 A Proclamation Each day, blind and visually impaired Americans contribute to our society, refusing to allow anything to hold them back. In order to ensure more Americans with disabilities can continue participating fully in … [read more]

Start Printed Page 70919 Proclamation 9522 of October 7, 2016 International Day of the Girl, 2016 A Proclamation No matter where she lives, every girl on this planet deserves the chance to learn and grow, to develop her mind and her talents, and to live a life of her … [read more]

Start Printed Page 70913 Proclamation 9519 of October 7, 2016 Leif Erikson Day, 2016 A Proclamation More than 1,000 years ago, an intrepid Scandinavian explorer, Leif Erikson, embarked on a voyage that landed him on the North American coast. A son of Iceland and grandson of Norway, Erikson and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 70911 Proclamation 9518 of October 7, 2016 National School Lunch Week, 2016 A Proclamation Seventy years ago, President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act, declaring “Nothing is more important in our national life than the welfare of our children, and proper nourishment comes first … [read more]

Start Printed Page 70915 Proclamation 9520 of October 7, 2016 Columbus Day, 2016 A Proclamation In October of 1492, Christopher Columbus completed the first of his expeditions that would land him on the shores of North America. Sponsored by Isabella I and Ferdinand II, Columbus embarked on a 10-week … [read more]

Start Printed Page 70917 Proclamation 9521 of October 7, 2016 General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2016 A Proclamation Over two centuries ago, Polish immigrant Casimir Pulaski crossed an ocean to take up the cause of defending a young nation. Rising quickly to the rank of Brigadier General in the Continental … [read more]

Proclamation 9517 of October 7, 2016 Fire Prevention Week, 2016 A Proclamation More than 1 million fires occur each year in the United States. Throughout the past decade, the number of fires—and of resulting deaths and injuries—has gone down. But residential fires still damage homes across our country, causing … [read more]

Proclamation 9516 of October 6, 2016 National Manufacturing Day, 2016 A Proclamation Since our earliest days, innovation has been one of the most important driving forces of the American economy, and for generations, our manufacturing industry was the ticket to a good middle-class life. Over time, developing technology has … [read more]

Start Printed Page 70317 Proclamation 9515 of October 5, 2016 German-American Day, 2016 A Proclamation For centuries, German immigrants have ventured to American shores for the same reasons as so many others—to pursue new lives in a land of opportunity and forge brighter futures for themselves and their families. … [read more]

Proclamation 9514 of October 3, 2016 National Youth Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder Prevention Month, 2016 A Proclamation Far too many young people are unable to grow and thrive because of substance use. And far too many precious lives are being taken from us as a result of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 69371 Proclamation 9508 of September 30, 2016 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Technology plays an increasingly significant role in our daily lives. The rise of the Internet has brought incredible opportunity and new ways of innovating and enhancing our way of life—but with great … [read more]

Start Printed Page 69375 Proclamation 9510 of September 30, 2016 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation The physical and emotional scars of domestic violence can cast a long shadow. Too many individuals, regardless of age, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, circumstance, or race, face the pain … [read more]

Proclamation 9507 of September 30, 2016 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Every year, too many Americans are touched by the pain and hardship caused by breast cancer—a disease that, among women, is not only one of the most common cancers, but also one of the leading … [read more]

Start Printed Page 69373 Proclamation 9509 of September 30, 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Americans with disabilities are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as any other citizen—including the right to dignity and respect in the workplace. Too often in our Nation's history, individuals … [read more]

Start Printed Page 69383 Proclamation 9513 of September 30, 2016 National Community Policing Week, 2016 A Proclamation Police officers are essential members of our communities—maintaining our way of life depends on their dedicated efforts to keep us safe. These officers hold significant civic and law enforcement responsibilities and put … [read more]

Start Printed Page 69377 Proclamation 9511 of September 30, 2016 National Energy Action Month, 2016 A Proclamation The sustainability of our country and our world in the 21st century rests on our ability to address our shared energy challenges and to encourage diverse, clean, and efficient energy production. During … [read more]

Start Printed Page 69379 Proclamation 9512 of September 30, 2016 National Youth Justice Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation The essential promise that we make to our young people—that where they start must not determine how far they can go—is part of what makes America exceptional. It is our shared … [read more]

Proclamation 9506 of September 29, 2016 Child Health Day, 2016 A Proclamation Today's youth will shape our Nation's narrative and drive our progress, and it is our duty to ensure our young people are given every opportunity to live full, healthy lives. Securing a bright future for America's daughters … [read more]

Start Printed Page 68287 Proclamation 9505 of September 28, 2016 National Arts and Humanities Month, 2016 A Proclamation Throughout history, the arts and humanities have been at the forefront of progress. In diverse mediums and methods—whether through the themes of a novel, the movement of a dancer, or a … [read more]

Proclamation 9504 of September 28, 2016 Death of Shimon Peres A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of … [read more]

Proclamation 9503 of September 26, 2016 National Voter Registration Day, 2016 A Proclamation One of the most fundamental and sacred rights of any democracy is the right to vote; in order for our government to function effectively and respond to the needs of our people, all citizens can and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 66789 Proclamation 9502 of September 23, 2016 Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, 2016 A Proclamation Since our Nation's founding, in peace and in war, the values that define our brave men and women in uniform have remained constant: honor, courage, and selflessness. From the deafening … [read more]

Start Printed Page 66787 Proclamation 9501 of September 23, 2016 National Public Lands Day, 2016 A Proclamation Nothing can truly capture the beauty and majesty of America's expansive landscapes and wide-open acres. On National Public Lands Day, Americans from coast-to-coast celebrate these spaces by participating in the largest single-day … [read more]

Proclamation 9500 of September 23, 2016 National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2016 A Proclamation Hunting and fishing have endured as cherished traditions for generations. Whether for sport, sustenance, or both, these activities provide opportunities for Americans to connect with those around them—from tribal elders sharing sacred practices to parents … [read more]

Proclamation 9497 of September 16, 2016 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, 2016 A Proclamation Tasked with the awesome responsibility of building a Government to endure for generations to come, a band of dedicated patriots gathered in Philadelphia in 1787, seeking to build a more stable and permanent … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65171 Proclamation 9498 of September 16, 2016 National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2016 A Proclamation For generations, farmers and ranchers have formed the backbone of our economy and shaped the course of our Nation. They have served as critical stewards of our environment and natural … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65173 Proclamation 9499 of September 16, 2016 Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2016 A Proclamation Each year, more Americans die from drug overdoses than in traffic accidents, and more than three out of five of these deaths involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number … [read more]

Proclamation 9496 of September 15, 2016 Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument A Proclamation For generations, communities and families have relied on the waters of the northwest Atlantic Ocean and have told of their wonders. Throughout New England, the maritime trades, and especially fishing, have supported a vibrant … [read more]

Proclamation 9495 of September 15, 2016 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2016 A Proclamation For centuries, courageous members of our Armed Forces have embodied the best of America with devotion and patriotism. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we pause to remember our servicemen and women who never returned home. The … [read more]

Proclamation 9493 of September 14, 2016 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2016 A Proclamation Since our founding, our Nation has drawn strength from the diversity of our people. With faith and passion, a sturdy work ethic and profound devotion to family, Hispanics have helped carry forward our legacy as a … [read more]

Proclamation 9492 of September 14, 2016 To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences A Proclamation 1. Section 502 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the “1974 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2462), authorizes the President to designate countries as beneficiary developing countries, and to designate any … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63357 Proclamation 9490 of September 9, 2016 National Grandparents Day, 2016 A Proclamation Every day, families and communities across the globe benefit from the too often unheralded wisdom and devotion of dedicated grandparents—women and men who blazed trails, broke down barriers, and shaped the world we … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63353 Proclamation 9488 of September 9, 2016 National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2016 A Proclamation On September 11, 2001, a group of small and hateful minds conspired to threaten the very fiber of our country, seeking to break the American spirit and destroy our way … [read more]

Proclamation 9487 of September 9, 2016 National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2016 A Proclamation Ensuring opportunity is within reach for everyone requires us to provide all our people with access to a world-class education. Higher education gives people a sense of who they are and sharpens how they see the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63359 Proclamation 9491 of September 9, 2016 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016 A Proclamation Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives—men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines—were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63355 Proclamation 9489 of September 9, 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day, 2016 A Proclamation Every year, too many people are taken from us by suicide. These tragedies tear at families and communities, leaving behind heartbroken loved ones who suffer immeasurably. World Suicide Prevention Day is a … [read more]

Proclamation 9486 of September 2, 2016 Labor Day, 2016 A Proclamation The strongest middle class the world has ever known was not built overnight. It was achieved by men and women who believed that living up to the promise of this Nation meant more than hoping for the best—it … [read more]

Start Printed Page 62349 Proclamation 9484 of September 1, 2016 National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Causing more deaths than any other female reproductive system cancers, ovarian cancer affects women of all ages and backgrounds. But the incidence of ovarian cancer, and its death rate, have fallen … [read more]

Start Printed Page 61977 Proclamation 9481 of August 31, 2016 National Preparedness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Americans have been tested by trial and tragedy since our earliest days—but year after year, no matter the hardship, we pull through and forge ahead. Fifteen years after the attacks of September 11, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 62351 Proclamation 9485 of September 1, 2016 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in American men, and too many men and their families feel the pain and grief it brings. As a country, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 61975 Proclamation 9480 of August 31, 2016 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on a child's health and well-being—it puts our young people at higher risk for health problems in adulthood and it can strain our … [read more]

Start Printed Page 61979 Proclamation 9482 of August 31, 2016 National Wilderness Month, 2016 A Proclamation In our Nation's earliest days, a vast majority of North America was wilderness—from majestic plains and imposing mountain ranges to dense forests and rushing waterways. Today, protected wild spaces continue to serve as … [read more]

Proclamation 9483 of September 1, 2016 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although rare, pediatric cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death among children. As we invest in cutting-edge research and work to advance medical treatments … [read more]

Proclamation 9479 of August 31, 2016 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2016 A Proclamation Every day, millions of Americans prove that recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders is possible—yet at the same time, millions more are struggling with the disease of addiction. These individuals are our … [read more]

Proclamation 9478 of August 26, 2016 Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Expansion A Proclamation Through Proclamation 8031 of June 15, 2006, as amended by Proclamation 8112 of February 28, 2007, the President established the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Monument), to protect and preserve the marine area of the Northwestern Hawaiian … [read more]

Proclamation 9477 of August 25, 2016 Women's Equality Day, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly one century ago, with boundless courage and relentless commitment, dedicated women who had marched, advocated, and organized for the right to cast a vote finally saw their efforts rewarded on August 26, 1920, when the 19th … [read more]

Proclamation 9476 of August 24, 2016 Establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument A Proclamation In north central Maine lies an area of the North Woods known in recent years as the Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area (Katahdin Woods and Waters), approximately 87,500 acres within a … [read more]

Proclamation 9475 of August 22, 2016 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service A Proclamation In 1872, the Congress established Yellowstone National Park—the first park of its kind anywhere in the world. Decades later, the passage of the Antiquities Act in 1906 created our first national historic preservation policy. … [read more]

Proclamation 9474 of August 19, 2016 National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2016 A Proclamation For more than two centuries, brave patriots have given of themselves to secure our fundamental rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and in times of both war and peace, … [read more]

Proclamation 9473 of August 5, 2016 National Health Center Week, 2016 A Proclamation Across America, community health centers offer affordable, high-quality health care to people regardless of their financial status. For more than 50 years, underserved communities and vulnerable populations have relied on the primary and preventive care options … [read more]

Start Printed Page 49853 Proclamation 9472 of July 25, 2016 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2016 A Proclamation In 1950, when Communist armies from the North stormed across the 38th parallel, brave American men and women—though weary of combat in the wake of World War II—stepped forward to … [read more]

Proclamation 9471 of July 25, 2016 Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2016 A Proclamation On July 26, 1990, our Nation marked a pivotal moment in history for Americans with disabilities. Fueled by a chorus of voices who refused to accept a second-class status and driven by a … [read more]

Start Printed Page 47687 Proclamation 9470 of July 18, 2016 Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by the authority … [read more]

Proclamation 9469 of July 18, 2016 Captive Nations Week, 2016 A Proclamation Since our earliest days, the United States has worked to uphold the rights enshrined in our founding documents. The ideals that sparked our revolution find their truest expression in democracy, and our enduring belief in the right … [read more]

Proclamation 9468 of July 15, 2016 Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by … [read more]

Proclamation 9467 of July 8, 2016 Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Dallas, Texas A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, by the authority vested in me as President of … [read more]

Proclamation 9466 of June 30, 2016 To Implement the World Trade Organization Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. On July 28, 2015, the United States and other Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a Declaration on … [read more]

Proclamation 9465 of June 24, 2016 Establishment of the Stonewall National Monument A Proclamation Christopher Park, a historic community park located immediately across the street from the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City (City), is a place for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender … [read more]

Proclamation 9464 of June 17, 2016 Father's Day, 2016 A Proclamation Blessed with the extraordinary privilege and remarkable responsibility of fatherhood, dads play vital roles in our lives—inspiring us to reach for our highest potential, lifting us up when we need it most, and helping us become the people … [read more]

Proclamation 9463 of June 16, 2016 National Week of Making, 2016 A Proclamation The same American spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has steered our Nation through the industrial and digital revolutions—and led our people to explore the depths of the oceans and the distant planets in our solar … [read more]

Proclamation 9462 of June 15, 2016 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2016 A Proclamation Too often, elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation threaten the livelihoods of older individuals and erode their extraordinary potential. One in ten seniors in America experiences mistreatment or abuse—including domestic and sexual violence—and because these incidents … [read more]

Proclamation 9461 of June 12, 2016 Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Orlando, Florida A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, by the authority vested in me as President … [read more]

Proclamation 9460 of June 10, 2016 Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2016 A Proclamation Two hundred and forty years ago, a small band of patriots declared independence, proclaiming in one voice that we are free to determine our own destiny and carry out the work of self-governance. Driven … [read more]

Proclamation 9455 of May 31, 2016 African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2016 A Proclamation A vital part of our Nation's proud heritage, African-American music exemplifies the creative spirit at the heart of American identity and is among the most innovative and powerful art the world has ever known. It accompanies … [read more]

Start Printed Page 36129 Proclamation 9456 of May 31, 2016 Great Outdoors Month, 2016 A Proclamation Every day, Americans draw inspiration from the landscapes and outdoor spaces that surround us and connect us with our heritage and with one another. People have lived off of these lands and waters … [read more]

Start Printed Page 36135 Proclamation 9459 of May 31, 2016 National Oceans Month, 2016 A Proclamation Covering more than 70 percent of the earth's surface, oceans have a profound impact on our way of life. Home to a great diversity of plant and animal species, their precious ecosystems provide … [read more]

Start Printed Page 36133 Proclamation 9458 of May 31, 2016 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2016 A Proclamation The dynamism and diversity of Caribbean Americans have contributed to our Nation's story in extraordinary ways. Millions of people in the United States are connected to our Caribbean neighbors through ties of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 36131 Proclamation 9457 of May 31, 2016 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2016 A Proclamation Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching … [read more]

Proclamation 9454 of May 26, 2016 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2016 A Proclamation With courage and a love of country that knows no limits, America's men and women in uniform exemplify patriotism at its core—stepping into harm's way to protect our people and to safeguard the ideals that … [read more]

Proclamation 9451 of May 20, 2016 National Safe Boating Week, 2016 A Proclamation Each year, as summer approaches and warmer weather draws crowds to our Nation's beaches, lakes, and rivers, we set aside a week to recognize the importance of taking boating safety precautions before taking to the water. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 33327 Proclamation 9452 of May 20, 2016 Armed Forces Day, 2016 A Proclamation The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who comprise our Armed Forces have defended our Nation and the values for which we stand for generations, answering the call to give up the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 33329 Proclamation 9453 of May 20, 2016 National Maritime Day, 2016 A Proclamation Since America's founding, proud mariners have selflessly dedicated themselves to protecting and advancing our interests—here at home and around the world. The patriots of the United States Merchant Marine have long served as … [read more]

Proclamation 9450 of May 18, 2016 National Hepatitis Testing Day, 2016 A Proclamation In the United States, hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common types of viral hepatitis—affecting between 3.5 and 6.9 million people and claiming the lives of thousands of our fellow Americans each year. Because … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31485 Proclamation 9449 of May 13, 2016 World Trade Week, 2016 A Proclamation The United States of America cannot afford to sit on the sidelines of the global economy. With over 95 percent of our Nation's potential customers living outside our borders, trade agreements are a … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31479 Proclamation 9446 of May 13, 2016 National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, 2016 A Proclamation At the core of our national character is our persistent belief in what we, as a people, can accomplish as one. Connecting every corner of our country and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31481 Proclamation 9447 of May 13, 2016 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2016 A Proclamation Each May, Americans set aside a week to raise awareness of the threat posed by hurricanes—storms that can devastate communities, neighborhoods, and local economies. The high winds, heavy rains, lightning, and tornadoes … [read more]

Proclamation 9445 of May 13, 2016 Emergency Medical Services Week, 2016 A Proclamation Every day across our Nation, women and men sacrifice precious time with their loved ones, working long and hard to provide emergency medical services (EMS) to people they have never met before. Often operating in the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31483 Proclamation 9448 of May 13, 2016 Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2016 A Proclamation For generations, the brave women and men of our Nation's law enforcement have answered the call to serve and protect our communities. Enduring long shifts in dangerous and unpredictable … [read more]

Start Printed Page 29463 Proclamation 9444 of May 6, 2016 Mother's Day, 2016 A Proclamation On Mother's Day, we celebrate those who are the first to welcome us into the world. Performing the most important work there is, mothers—biological, foster, or adoptive—are our first role models and earliest motivators. … [read more]

Proclamation 9443 of May 6, 2016 National Women's Health Week, 2016 A Proclamation Throughout our history, women have contributed to shaping the course of our country—and with each generation, they have helped affirm the timeless belief that everyone deserves an equal shot at reaching for our Nation's promise. We … [read more]

Proclamation 9442 of May 5, 2016 Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2016 A Proclamation Serving alongside our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, our Nation's military families give of themselves and give up their time with their loved ones so we may live safely and freely. Few Americans fully … [read more]

Proclamation 9441 of May 4, 2016 National Day of Prayer, 2016 A Proclamation In times of steady calm and extraordinary change alike, Americans of all walks of life have long turned to prayer to seek refuge, demonstrate gratitude, and discover peace. Sustaining us through great uncertainty and moments of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26985 Proclamation 9437 of April 29, 2016 National Charter Schools Week, 2016 A Proclamation Our Nation has always been guided by the belief that all young people should be free to dream as big and boldly as they want, and that with hard work and determination, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26981 Proclamation 9435 of April 29, 2016 National Building Safety Month, 2016 A Proclamation Buildings across our country provide safety and shelter to our people. From high-rises that form our cities' skylines to ranch homes that blanket the countryside, our buildings offer places to gather and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26983 Proclamation 9436 of April 29, 2016 Older Americans Month, 2016 A Proclamation Through a lifetime of contribution, older Americans have helped ensure that the founding promise of our country remains within reach for their children and grandchildren, and their individual narratives reflect the extraordinary history … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26991 Proclamation 9440 of April 29, 2016 Public Service Recognition Week, 2016 A Proclamation Our Nation's progress has long been fueled by the efforts of selfless citizens who come together in service to their fellow Americans to change our country for the better. At the birth … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26989 Proclamation 9439 of April 29, 2016 National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2016 A Proclamation Our country's story, written over more than two centuries, is one of challenges, chances, and progress. As our Nation has advanced on our journey toward ensuring rights … [read more]

Proclamation 9434 of April 29, 2016 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2016 A Proclamation Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing racial group in our country, growing over 4 times as rapidly as the population of the United States. As one of the most … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26987 Proclamation 9438 of April 29, 2016 National Small Business Week, 2016 A Proclamation Responsible for creating nearly two-thirds of net new jobs in the United States each year and employing more than half of all Americans, small businesses have always been a vital part of … [read more]

Proclamation 9431 of April 28, 2016 Jewish American Heritage Month, 2016 A Proclamation At America's birth, our Founders fought off tyranny and declared a set of ideals—including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—that would forever guide our country's course. For generations since, Jewish Americans, having shared in the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26663 Proclamation 9432 of April 28, 2016 National Foster Care Month, 2016 A Proclamation The success of our country tomorrow depends on the well-being of our children today. As a Nation, we have a duty to empower each child so they have the same sense of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26665 Proclamation 9433 of April 28, 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26095 Proclamation 9430 of April 27, 2016 Workers Memorial Day, 2016 A Proclamation The story of America is the story of its workers. With faith in one another and hope for what their country could be, generations of laborers fought, sacrificed, and organized for the rights … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26091 Proclamation 9428 of April 27, 2016 Law Day, U.S.A., 2016 A Proclamation Underpinning American democracy and upholding the founding principles of our Nation, the law enshrines our bedrock belief in equality and justice for all. Central to securing these ideals is ensuring that every American's … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26093 Proclamation 9429 of April 27, 2016 Loyalty Day, 2016 A Proclamation America endures because of the generations of our people who have endeavored alongside one another, joining their voices and their efforts to ensure our Nation lives up to its highest ideals. Driven by the … [read more]

Proclamation 9427 of April 27, 2016 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2016 A Proclamation For generations, sports have brought Americans of all ages together and helped us celebrate our country's competitive spirit. When we work to instill an appreciation for physical fitness in our people, we do more … [read more]

Proclamation 9426 of April 21, 2016 Earth Day, 2016 A Proclamation On April 22, 1970, millions of people from every corner of our country joined in common cause to demand basic protections to safeguard our planet for future generations. The first Earth Day helped transform the ways we interact … [read more]

Proclamation 9425 of April 18, 2016 Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2016 A Proclamation Our Nation has long been driven by the promise that anyone willing to work hard can make of their lives what they will, and ensuring opportunity is within reach for all requires us to provide … [read more]

Proclamation 9424 of April 15, 2016 National Park Week, 2016 A Proclamation Our National Parks have allowed generations to discover history, nature, and wildlife in irreplaceable ways. From the highest peaks of Denali to the lowest dips of the Grand Canyon, families around our country enjoy the splendor of … [read more]

Proclamation 9423 of April 12, 2016 Establishment of the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument A Proclamation The Sewall-Belmont House (House), located at 144 Constitution Avenue, Northeast, in Washington, D.C.—a few steps from the U.S. Capitol—has been home to the National Woman's Party (NWP) since 1929. From this House, the … [read more]

Proclamation 9422 of April 11, 2016 National Equal Pay Day, 2016 A Proclamation Our Nation is built on the basic promise of a fair shot for all our people. Women in the United States still do not always receive equal pay for equal work. When women are paid less … [read more]

Start Printed Page 22017 Proclamation 9420 of April 8, 2016 Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2016 A Proclamation A decade before the turn of the 19th century, representatives of countries from across the Western Hemisphere formed what would become the Organization of American States, striving to ensure … [read more]

Start Printed Page 22019 Proclamation 9421 of April 8, 2016 National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2016 A Proclamation Under the flag of the United States, generations of women and men, united in a common cause greater than themselves, have served to defend the ideals that bind us … [read more]

Proclamation 9418 of April 8, 2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2016 A Proclamation In the aftermath of a crime, it is imperative that victims have access to the resources they need to recover and to ensure that justice is done. During the 35th National Crime Victims' Rights Week, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 22015 Proclamation 9419 of April 8, 2016 National Volunteer Week, 2016 A Proclamation Each day, humble people of every background and belief come together to fulfill the timeless responsibility we have as Americans: to accept certain obligations to one another. People of all ages can volunteer, … [read more]

Proclamation 9415 of April 1, 2016 National Donate Life Month, 2016 A Proclamation By becoming an organ donor, one person can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of dozens—mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters—who are desperately in need of a … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20213 Proclamation 9416 of April 1, 2016 National Public Health Week, 2016 A Proclamation During National Public Health Week, we join together to enhance public health—the foundation of our security and well-being—here at home and around the world. By supporting health professionals and embracing our obligations … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20215 Proclamation 9417 of April 1, 2016 World Autism Awareness Day, 2016 A Proclamation Every person deserves the chance to reach for their highest hopes and fulfill their greatest potential. On World Autism Awareness Day, we reaffirm our dedication to ensuring that belief is a reality … [read more]

Start Printed Page 19853 Proclamation 9413 of March 31, 2016 National Financial Capability Month, 2016 A Proclamation When every American has the tools they need to get ahead and contribute to our country's success, we are all better off. Since the recession, we have built our economy to be … [read more]

Start Printed Page 19851 Proclamation 9412 of March 31, 2016 National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2016 A Proclamation All children deserve to grow up in a caring and loving environment, yet across America, hundreds of thousands of children are neglected or abused each year, often causing lasting consequences. Although … [read more]

Start Printed Page 19855 Proclamation 9414 of March 31, 2016 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2016 A Proclamation At our country's core is a basic belief in the inherent dignity of every person. Too many women and men of all ages suffer the outrage that is sexual … [read more]

Proclamation 9411 of March 31, 2016 National Cancer Control Month, 2016 A Proclamation Undaunted by challenge and unceasing in pursuit of progress, our Nation has pushed the boundaries of possibility throughout our history. Today, while cancer remains among the leading causes of death around the world and the second … [read more]

Proclamation 9410 of March 30, 2016 César Chávez Day, 2016 A Proclamation As a child of migrant workers who struggled just to get by, César Chávez knew the importance of having an economy that works for everyone and devoted his life to ensuring our Nation upheld the values upon … [read more]

Proclamation 9409 of March 24, 2016 Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2016 A Proclamation Inspired by ancient Greece's example, America's Founding Fathers drew on Hellenic principles to guide our democracy in its nascence. Nearly half a century after the Stars and … [read more]

Proclamation 9408 of March 22, 2016 Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Brussels, Belgium A Proclamation The American people stand with the people of Brussels. We will do whatever it takes, working with nations and peoples around the world, to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice, … [read more]

Proclamation 9407 of March 18, 2016 National Poison Prevention Week, 2016 A Proclamation As the leading cause of accidental injury death in the United States, poisonings can harm people of all ages and from all walks of life. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur inside the home, and … [read more]

Proclamation 9406 of March 14, 2016 To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act A Proclamation 1. In Proclamation 7350 of October 2, 2000, the President designated the Republic of South Africa (South Africa) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country for purposes of section 506A(a)(1) of … [read more]

Proclamation 9405 of March 7, 2016 Death of Nancy Reagan A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the memory of Nancy Reagan, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the … [read more]

Proclamation 9404 of March 4, 2016 National Consumer Protection Week, 2016 A Proclamation After a long road to recovery, our Nation has risen from the depths of recession thanks to the grit and determination of the American people. Ensuring hardworking families feel secure and confident that they can get … [read more]

Proclamation 9403 of March 1, 2016 Read Across America Day, 2016 A Proclamation From a child's first foray into the depths of a story to an adult's escape into a world of words, reading plays an integral role in our lives. Works of fiction and non-fiction alike pique interest … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11095 Proclamation 9401 of February 29, 2016 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Every year, more than 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and it kills nearly 50,000—making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer touches … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11097 Proclamation 9402 of February 29, 2016 Women's History Month, 2016 A Proclamation Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people. In the face of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11093 Proclamation 9400 of February 29, 2016 Irish-American Heritage Month, 2016 A Proclamation Hailing from the Emerald Isle, generations of Irishmen and women have helped shape the idea of America, overcoming hardship and strife through strength and sacrifice, faith and family. With an undying belief that … [read more]

Proclamation 9399 of February 29, 2016 American Red Cross Month, 2016 A Proclamation Over a century and a half ago, as gunfire echoed through America's skies and division flared between North and South, a trailblazing woman, Clara Barton, braved bullets and cannon fire to deliver much-needed care, comfort, and … [read more]

Proclamation 9398 of February 24, 2016 Modifying and Continuing the National Emergency With Respect to Cuba and Continuing To Authorize the Regulation of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels A Proclamation By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, … [read more]

Proclamation 9394 of February 12, 2016 Establishment of the Castle Mountains National Monument A Proclamation The Castle Mountains area, bounded on three sides by Mojave National Preserve (Preserve), possesses outstanding natural, cultural, and historical values representing some of the finest characteristics of the eastern Mojave Desert. It connects water … [read more]

Start Printed Page 8371 Proclamation 9395 of February 12, 2016 Establishment of the Mojave Trails National Monument A Proclamation The Mojave Trails area of southern California is a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes. It is a landscape defined by scarcity and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 8379 Proclamation 9396 of February 12, 2016 Establishment of the Sand to Snow National Monument A Proclamation The Sand to Snow area of southern California is an ecological and cultural treasure, a microcosm of the great geographic diversity of the region. Rising from the floor of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 8387 Proclamation 9397 of February 13, 2016 Death of Antonin Scalia A Proclamation As a mark of respect for Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 5877 Proclamation 9392 of January 29, 2016 National African American History Month, 2016 A Proclamation America's greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to expand … [read more]

Proclamation 9391 of January 29, 2016 American Heart Month, 2016 A Proclamation Affecting people of all races and ethnicities, cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, responsible for one in three deaths in the United States each year. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 5879 Proclamation 9393 of January 29, 2016 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2016 A Proclamation Teen dating violence is a serious violation that can affect a young person's safety, development, and sense of comfort. Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating … [read more]

Proclamation 9389 of January 15, 2016 Religious Freedom Day, 2016 A Proclamation Since our country's founding, religious freedom has been heralded as one of our most cherished ideals. The right to practice religion freely has brought immigrants from all over the world to our shores, often in the face … [read more]

Start Printed Page 3691 Proclamation 9390 of January 15, 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2016 A Proclamation With profound faith in our Nation's promise, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led a non-violent movement that urged our country's leaders to expand the reach of freedom and … [read more]

Proclamation 9388 of January 11, 2016 To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act A Proclamation 1. In Proclamation 7350 of October 2, 2000, the President designated the Republic of South Africa (South Africa) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country for purposes of section 506A(a)(1) of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 717 Proclamation 9387 of December 31, 2015 National Stalking Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Every person deserves to live freely and without the fear of being followed or harassed. Stalking is a violation of our fundamental freedoms, and it insults our most basic values as a … [read more]

Start Printed Page 715 Proclamation 9386 of December 31, 2015 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2016 A Proclamation One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, … [read more]

Proclamation 9385 of December 31, 2015 National Mentoring Month, 2016 A Proclamation At the heart of America's promise is the belief that we all do better when everyone has a fair shot at reaching for their dreams. Throughout our Nation's history, Americans of every background have worked to uphold … [read more]

Proclamation 9384 of December 23, 2015 To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States A Proclamation 1. On September 9, 2012, leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies agreed to reduce applied tariff rates to 5 percent or less by the end of 2015 on … [read more]

Proclamation 9383 of December 21, 2015 To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. In Proclamation 7970 of December 22, 2005, the President designated the Republic of Burundi (Burundi) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country for purposes of section … [read more]

Proclamation 9382 of December 16, 2015 Wright Brothers Day, 2015 A Proclamation The prospect of human flight captured the world's imagination for centuries. From the ancient Greeks who marveled at the story of Icarus soaring through the sky, to Leonardo da Vinci who sketched designs of manned mechanical gliders, … [read more]

Proclamation 9381 of December 14, 2015 Bill of Rights Day, 2015 A Proclamation The ratification of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791, marked one of our country's earliest and most important steps toward ensuring that the ideals enshrined in our founding documents are the birthright of all … [read more]

Proclamation 9380 of December 9, 2015 Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2015 A Proclamation Sixty-seven years ago, the leaders of 48 countries from around the world declared with one voice that progress depends on defending human rights, and that a nation is strongest when the contributions of … [read more]

Proclamation 9378 of December 4, 2015 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment A Proclamation On December 6, 1865, a coalition comprising three-quarters of our Nation's States ratified the 13th Amendment to our Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States and affirming the truth that no union founded on the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76627 Proclamation 9379 of December 4, 2015 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2015 A Proclamation Nearly seven and a half decades ago, as dawn broke over the island of Oahu, bombs broke through the sky as Japanese forces launched an unprovoked attack on our Nation—absorbing America … [read more]

Proclamation 9377 of December 3, 2015 Honoring the Victims of the Attack in San Bernardino, California A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California, by the authority vested in me as President of the United … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76197 Proclamation 9375 of December 2, 2015 Helsinki Human Rights Day, 2015 A Proclamation Four decades ago, the leaders of the United States, Canada, the Soviet Union, and countries from across a divided Europe came together to sign the Helsinki Final Act—a document reflecting the conviction … [read more]

Start Printed Page 76199 Proclamation 9376 of December 2, 2015 International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2015 A Proclamation The United States has long been a leading voice for the rights of persons with disabilities, and we join the international community in expressing our support for them in all … [read more]

Start Printed Page 75783 Proclamation 9374 of November 30, 2015 World AIDS Day, 2015 A Proclamation More than three decades ago, the first known cases of HIV/AIDS sparked an epidemic in the United States—ushering in a time defined by how little we knew about it and in which those … [read more]

Proclamation 9373 of November 30, 2015 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2015 A Proclamation No person should suffer the tragedy of losing someone as a result of drunk, drugged, or distracted driving, but for far too long the danger of impaired driving has robbed people of the comfort of … [read more]

Proclamation 9370 of November 19, 2015 National Child's Day, 2015 A Proclamation Our greatest obligation is to our daughters and sons. With unbound imagination and limitless dreams, today's young Americans will carry forward our country's legacy and shape the contours of the 21st century and beyond. On National Child's … [read more]

Start Printed Page 73941 Proclamation 9372 of November 20, 2015 Thanksgiving Day, 2015 A Proclamation Rooted in a story of generosity and partnership, Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for us to express our gratitude for the gifts we have and to show our appreciation for all we hold dear. Today, … [read more]

Proclamation 9371 of November 20, 2015 National Family Week, 2015 A Proclamation Across the range of diverse experiences and traditions that have been written into our Nation's story, family has remained a steadfast and common foundation. Every day, families offer comfort and support to one another with enduring and … [read more]

Proclamation 9369 of November 15, 2015 Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Paris, France A Proclamation The American people stand with the people of France. Friday's terror attacks were not just an attack on Paris; they were an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 72325 Proclamation 9368 of November 13, 2015 America Recycles Day, 2015 A Proclamation Every American has a role to play in preserving our planet for future generations. Being good stewards of our environment and protecting our natural resources are imperative tasks for ensuring our children and … [read more]

Proclamation 9366 of November 13, 2015 American Education Week, 2015 A Proclamation Education has the power to put aspirations within reach and help make real the promise of opportunity that defines America. That promise begins with making sure all who work hard have an equal shot. By supporting our … [read more]

Start Printed Page 72323 Proclamation 9367 of November 13, 2015 Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, 2015 A Proclamation The discovery of antibiotics marked an important medical moment in history, and for decades, antibiotics have served as crucial components of our fight against bacterial infectious diseases. Saving millions of lives … [read more]

Proclamation 9365 of November 6, 2015 World Freedom Day, 2015 A Proclamation Twenty-six years ago, after nearly three decades of separating family and friends, the Berlin Wall crumbled under the force of popular will—reuniting Germans from East and West and providing hope to all who believed in the power … [read more]

Proclamation 9364 of November 5, 2015 Veterans Day, 2015 A Proclamation The United States military is the strongest, most capable fighting force the world has ever known. The brave men and women of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard demonstrate a resolute spirit and unmatched … [read more]

Start Printed Page 68419 Proclamation 9363 of October 30, 2015 National Apprenticeship Week, 2015 A Proclamation At the heart of our Nation's promise lies a simple truth: If you work hard you can get ahead, earn a decent-paying job, and secure a brighter future for yourself and your family. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 68417 Proclamation 9362 of October 30, 2015 National Native American Heritage Month, 2015 A Proclamation American Indians and Alaska Natives enrich every aspect of our country. As the first to live on this land, Native Americans and their traditions and values inspired—and continue to inspire—the ideals … [read more]

Proclamation 9360 of October 30, 2015 National Diabetes Month, 2015 A Proclamation Approximately 1 out of every 11 Americans lives with diabetes. The seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to critical health issues such as heart disease, blindness, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 68415 Proclamation 9361 of October 30, 2015 National Family Caregivers Month, 2015 A Proclamation Day in and day out, selfless and loving Americans provide care and support to family members and friends in need. They are parents, spouses, children, siblings, relatives, and neighbors who uphold their … [read more]

Proclamation 9357 of October 29, 2015 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, 2015 A Proclamation Our Nation's critical infrastructure is central to our security and essential to our economy. Technology, energy, and information systems play a pivotal role in our lives today, and people continue to rely on the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 68239 Proclamation 9358 of October 29, 2015 Military Family Month, 2015 A Proclamation Since our country's founding, brave members of our military have stood strong as one American team, ready to defend our homeland and safeguard the values for which we stand. They represent the best … [read more]

Start Printed Page 68241 Proclamation 9359 of October 29, 2015 National Entrepreneurship Month, 2015 A Proclamation Since our Nation's founding, our progress has been fueled by an inherent sense of purpose and ingenuity in our people. Americans have more opportunities now than ever before to carry forward this legacy—to … [read more]

Start Printed Page 67617 Proclamation 9355 of October 28, 2015 National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Each year, people with Alzheimer's disease experience devastating physical and emotional challenges, as the abilities to remember, learn, and think worsen over time—and their loved ones face challenges right alongside them. … [read more]

Proclamation 9354 of October 28, 2015 National Adoption Month, 2015 A Proclamation All young people deserve a safe place to live, and with each passing year, more children know the warmth and comfort of a loving family thanks to adoptive parents. People who adopt do so for a variety … [read more]

Start Printed Page 67619 Proclamation 9356 of October 28, 2015 National College Application Month, 2015 A Proclamation Our Nation was built on the idea that no matter where you come from or what you look like, you can make it if you try. Expanding access to affordable higher education … [read more]

Proclamation 9353 of October 22, 2015 United Nations Day, 2015 A Proclamation Seventy years after a world ravaged by war and injustice came together to chart the course for a future defined by common ideals, we reflect on the progress made and the work that remains to fully realize … [read more]

Proclamation 9351 of October 16, 2015 National Character Counts Week, 2015 A Proclamation Since our Nation's founding, generations of people of goodwill have contributed to the basic notion that America succeeds when we look out for one another and lend a hand to building a brighter future for our … [read more]

Start Printed Page 64303 Proclamation 9352 of October 16, 2015 National Forest Products Week, 2015 A Proclamation America's forests have defined the landscapes of our country's natural beauty for centuries, and protecting them is imperative to preserving our world for future generations. In addition to providing renewable energy, wildlife … [read more]

Proclamation 9350 of October 15, 2015 Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2015 A Proclamation America is at its best when all our people have the tools and resources they need to pursue their dreams and meet their full potential. Entrepreneurs help spur innovation and prosperity, and ensuring that minority-owned businesses … [read more]

Proclamation 9349 of October 14, 2015 Blind Americans Equality Day, 2015 A Proclamation Blind and visually impaired individuals make extraordinary contributions to our Nation, and their achievements reflect an enduring belief at the heart of America's promise: that no person's potential should be limited by anything other than the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63077 Proclamation 9348 of October 9, 2015 Columbus Day, 2015 A Proclamation Over half a millennium ago, Christopher Columbus—an ambitious navigator native to Genoa, Italy—set sail for new horizons. Aboard the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, his expedition went west for a months-long journey. … [read more]

Proclamation 9345 of October 9, 2015 National School Lunch Week, 2015 A Proclamation America's schools strive to empower students with the tools and learning opportunities they need to pursue a tomorrow of endless possibility. In addition to serving as critical foundations for an education, schools are often the only … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63075 Proclamation 9347 of October 9, 2015 General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2015 A Proclamation Today, our Nation honors the legacy of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish-born hero of the American Revolutionary War who gave his life to defend our country in its nascence. Drawn to … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63073 Proclamation 9346 of October 9, 2015 International Day of the Girl, 2015 A Proclamation America has long stood as a beacon of equality and liberty for all. Safeguarding our founding ideals means ensuring we all have the opportunity to contribute to our shared progress and … [read more]

Proclamation 9344 of October 8, 2015 Leif Erikson Day, 2015 A Proclamation Since our Nation's founding, we have been driven by strength in the face of uncertainty and by a bold spirit of adventure. These defining forces were reflected in the early discovery of our continent when Leif Erikson—a … [read more]

Proclamation 9343 of October 5, 2015 German-American Day, 2015 A Proclamation Throughout our history, German Americans have woven distinct threads into the fabric of our country. In extraordinary ways—by crossing the Atlantic, planting roots in communities across our country, and spurring shared advances—German Americans have proven our Nation's diversity … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60789 Proclamation 9341 of October 2, 2015 Child Health Day, 2015 A Proclamation As a Nation, we have a commitment to ensuring our daughters and sons live better lives than we did. They deserve every chance to reach for the brightest futures they can imagine, and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60791 Proclamation 9342 of October 2, 2015 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon A Proclamation As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on October 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Oregon, by the authority vested in me as President of … [read more]

Proclamation 9340 of October 2, 2015 Fire Prevention Week, 2015 A Proclamation Each year, fires leave tremendous hardship and devastation in their wake. They claim too many lives, destroy too many communities, and take too much of a toll on our economy—and many incidents can be avoided with simple … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60267 Proclamation 9339 of September 30, 2015 National Youth Justice Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation All our Nation's children deserve the chance to fulfill their greatest potential, and nothing should limit the scope of their futures. But all too often, our juvenile and criminal justice systems … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60265 Proclamation 9338 of September 30, 2015 National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, 2015 A Proclamation Every day, millions of American families, friends, teachers, and community organizations work to ensure children have access to the support and resources needed to help prevent substance abuse. As we mark … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60263 Proclamation 9337 of September 30, 2015 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Domestic violence impacts women, men, and children of every age, background, and belief. Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60261 Proclamation 9336 of September 30, 2015 National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation A quarter century ago, our country took a major step toward fulfilling the fundamental American promises of equal access, equal opportunity, and equal respect for all when the Americans with Disabilities … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60259 Proclamation 9335 of September 30, 2015 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation In our increasingly connected digital world, we have the power to innovate in unprecedented ways. With the advent of new and improved technologies, we must also keep pace with safeguarding our critical … [read more]

Proclamation 9333 of September 30, 2015 To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. Pursuant to sections 501 and 503(a)(1)(B) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the “1974 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2461 and 2463(a)(1)(B)), the President may designate … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60257 Proclamation 9334 of September 30, 2015 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Too often, precious lives are interrupted or cut short by cancer. Breast cancer, one of the most common cancers among American women, affects roughly 230,000 women as well as 2,300 men … [read more]

Proclamation 9332 of September 29, 2015 National Energy Action Month, 2015 A Proclamation As Americans, we have a profound obligation to our children and our grandchildren—to help them live better lives than we did, and to ensure the choices we make do not limit the range of their dreams. … [read more]

Proclamation 9331 of September 28, 2015 National Arts and Humanities Month, 2015 A Proclamation Over centuries of change—through trial and triumph—the arts and humanities have chronicled history in ways that have brought the past to life and provided a vivid vision for our journey forward. Today, we continue to … [read more]

Start Printed Page 59019 Proclamation 9330 of September 25, 2015 National Public Lands Day, 2015 A Proclamation America is blessed with the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Natural wonders across our country—from centuries-old glaciers to miles-wide canyons—offer a window into our past and a vision for our future. … [read more]

Proclamation 9329 of September 25, 2015 National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2015 A Proclamation For centuries, Americans have passed down a love of hunting and fishing to their kids and grandkids, advancing our Nation's independent, pioneering spirit with each generation. To many, these sports represent centuries—old traditions—and to others, … [read more]

Proclamation 9328 of September 24, 2015 Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, 2015 A Proclamation At every crossroads in the American story, courageous individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs have answered our Nation's call to serve. Today, the sacrifices of our fallen heroes echo in safer towns and cities, … [read more]

Proclamation 9327 of September 21, 2015 National Voter Registration Day, 2015 A Proclamation The right to vote is a cornerstone of what it means to be a free people: It represents the bedrock tenets of equality and civic participation upon which our Nation was founded. Throughout American history, courageous … [read more]

Start Printed Page 57507 Proclamation 9326 of September 18, 2015 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2015 A Proclamation Ensuring all members of our American family have access to higher education is fundamental to our society. A college degree can help secure a place in the middle class … [read more]

Proclamation 9325 of September 18, 2015 National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2015 A Proclamation Since the days of our Revolution when farmers across the Colonies took up arms in defense of our country, America's farmers and ranchers have played a critical role in shaping our progress and forging … [read more]

Proclamation 9324 of September 17, 2015 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2015 A Proclamation America has long stood tall as a beacon of freedom thanks to the women and men of our Armed Forces who safeguard our country and our ideals with courage, honor, and selflessness. While our heroes and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 57067 Proclamation 9323 of September 16, 2015 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, 2015 A Proclamation At the culmination of months of deliberation, debate, and compromise, on September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was signed. Colonists came together in bold … [read more]

Start Printed Page 55719 Proclamation 9321 of September 11, 2015 National Grandparents Day, 2015 A Proclamation Across America, grandparents are loving pillars of comfort and support. After a lifetime of giving back to their families and communities, grandmothers and grandfathers continue to offer compassion and wisdom to their loved … [read more]

Start Printed Page 55717 Proclamation 9320 of September 11, 2015 National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2015 A Proclamation Our higher education system is one of the crown jewels of our Nation, and investing in it is a hallmark of America. In an economy where knowledge is the most valuable asset, … [read more]

Proclamation 9322 of September 14, 2015 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2015 A Proclamation Throughout our history, our Nation has been enriched by the storied pasts of all who call the United States of America home. America's Hispanic community has woven unique threads into the diverse fabric of our country … [read more]

Start Printed Page 55219 Proclamation 9319 of September 10, 2015 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2015 A Proclamation On September 11, 2001, America experienced the worst terrorist attack in her history when nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were taken from us, leaving their families … [read more]

Proclamation 9318 of September 10, 2015 National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2015 A Proclamation Fourteen years ago, the peace of a beautiful morning was broken. The events of September 11, 2001, left a permanent mark on the spirit of every American, and our Nation is forever changed. Nearly … [read more]

Proclamation 9317 of September 9, 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day, 2015 A Proclamation All people deserve the opportunity to live healthy, rewarding lives. No American should have their potential limited, have their life cut short, or be deprived of their fullest measure of happiness because they do not have … [read more]

Proclamation 9316 of September 4, 2015 Labor Day, 2015 A Proclamation Every year, our Nation sets aside Labor Day to celebrate the working men and women of America, whose grit and resilience have built our country and made our economic progress possible. Our economy has now added 8 million … [read more]

Start Printed Page 53455 Proclamation 9315 of August 31, 2015 National Wilderness Month, 2015 A Proclamation The beauty of America's wilderness has always been central to our character as a Nation. Our untrammeled lands and waters are part of a rich legacy that is carried forward from one generation … [read more]

Start Printed Page 53451 Proclamation 9313 of August 31, 2015 National Preparedness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Every year, communities across our country face emergencies—from unforeseen natural disasters to deliberate acts—that test our Nation's grit and challenge us to overcome tragedy. While my Administration is working to keep all Americans … [read more]

Proclamation 9309 of August 31, 2015 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2015 A Proclamation Every day, resilient Americans with substance use disorders summon extraordinary courage and strength and commit to living healthy and productive lives through recovery. From big cities to small towns to Indian Country, substance … [read more]

Start Printed Page 53447 Proclamation 9311 of August 31, 2015 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Five years ago, our Nation came together to put an end to the preventable epidemic of childhood obesity and observed National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month for the first time. Since then, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 53445 Proclamation 9310 of August 31, 2015 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Pediatric cancer affects thousands of young Americans each year. It is the leading cause of disease-related death for children, and this year, more than 10,000 of our Nation's youth will be … [read more]

Start Printed Page 53449 Proclamation 9312 of August 31, 2015 National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation This year, more than 14,000 women will lose their lives to ovarian cancer—the most deadly of all female reproductive system cancers—and more than 21,000 of our mothers, daughters, wives, and sisters … [read more]

Start Printed Page 53453 Proclamation 9314 of August 31, 2015 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Every year, America pauses to raise awareness of prostate cancer and reaffirm our resolve to defeat it. One of the most common cancers among American men, prostate cancer will kill more … [read more]

Proclamation 9308 of August 24, 2015 Women's Equality Day, 2015 A Proclamation On August 26, 1920, after years of agitating to break down the barriers that stood between them and the ballot box, American women won the right to vote. On the front lines of pickets and protests, champions … [read more]

Proclamation 9307 of August 14, 2015 National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2015 A Proclamation The United States military is the finest fighting force the world has ever known—not just because of our weapons or technology, but because of the spirit, skill, and selflessness of our … [read more]

Proclamation 9306 of August 7, 2015 National Health Center Week, 2015 A Proclamation For a half century, health centers have delivered comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. This week, let us recognize the role of health centers and thank the … [read more]

Proclamation 9305 of July 29, 2015 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid A Proclamation On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Fifty years later, these programs have been woven into the fabric of our society—cornerstones of the fundamental belief that in America, … [read more]

Proclamation 9304 of July 27, 2015 World Hepatitis Day, 2015 A Proclamation Around the world, doctors, medical researchers, and other professionals dedicated to health care and public health are working hard every day to combat disease and build healthier communities. Their efforts have led to improved sanitation, cleaner water, … [read more]

Proclamation 9302 of July 24, 2015 Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2015 A Proclamation Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reaffirmed the idea that in America, all people are entitled to participate fully in our economy and democracy. A law deeply rooted in the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 45393 Proclamation 9303 of July 24, 2015 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2015 A Proclamation Throughout history, the United States has stood as a powerful force for freedom and democracy around the world. In the face of tyranny and oppression, generations of patriots have fought … [read more]

Proclamation 9301 of July 21, 2015 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee A Proclamation Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders … [read more]

Proclamation 9300 of July 17, 2015 Captive Nations Week, 2015 A Proclamation America was founded on the beliefs that the true source of legitimacy is the consent of the people; that every individual is born equal with inalienable rights; and that it is the responsibility of governments to uphold … [read more]

Proclamation 9297 of July 10, 2015 Establishment of the Basin and Range National Monument A Proclamation The Basin and Range area of southeastern Nevada is an iconic American landscape. The area is one of the most undisturbed corners of the broader Great Basin region, which extends from the Sierra … [read more]

Start Printed Page 41983 Proclamation 9299 of July 10, 2015 Establishment of the Waco Mammoth National Monument A Proclamation In 1978, two young fossil hunters found a large bone protruding from an eroded ravine near the Bosque River about 4.5 miles north of the center of Waco, Texas. They … [read more]

Start Printed Page 41975 Proclamation 9298 of July 10, 2015 Establishment of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument A Proclamation The Berryessa Snow Mountain area is the heart of northern California's wild Inner Coast Range. Once covered by ocean waters, it is a landscape shaped by geologic forces of … [read more]

Proclamation 9296 of June 19, 2015 Father's Day, 2015 A Proclamation Being a dad is one of the most important jobs a man can have, and few things bring as much joy and pride as the blessing of fatherhood. Raising your children is an incredible privilege, but it is … [read more]

Proclamation 9294 of June 12, 2015 Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2015 A Proclamation For more than 200 years, the American flag has been a proud symbol of the people of our Nation and the values for which we stand. In hues of red, white, and blue, it … [read more]

Start Printed Page 34825 Proclamation 9295 of June 12, 2015 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2015 A Proclamation For 10 years, Americans have marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by joining with individuals worldwide to take a stand against elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Often under-identified and under-reported, elder … [read more]

Proclamation 9293 of June 11, 2015 National Week of Making, 2015 A Proclamation American ingenuity has always powered our Nation and fueled economic growth. Our country was built on the belief that with hard work and passion, progress is within our reach, and it is because of daring innovators … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31827 Proclamation 9291 of May 29, 2015 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2015 A Proclamation For centuries, Americans have been united with our Caribbean neighbors not just by friendship and economic cooperation, but also by our common values and ties of kin. From a region of extraordinary … [read more]

Proclamation 9288 of May 29, 2015 African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2015 A Proclamation For centuries, African-American musicians have shaped our Nation and helped tell our story. By melding enduring truths with new sounds, they have pioneered entire genres and contributed to the foundation of our musical landscape—capturing an essential … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31823 Proclamation 9289 of May 29, 2015 Great Outdoors Month, 2015 A Proclamation America's vast and varied landscapes have always been central to the character of our Nation and the story of our people. Their rugged beauty reflects our national history and heritage—as pioneers who forged … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31825 Proclamation 9290 of May 29, 2015 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2015 A Proclamation From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding … [read more]

Start Printed Page 31829 Proclamation 9292 of May 29, 2015 National Oceans Month, 2015 A Proclamation This summer, millions of Americans will take in the beauty and natural splendor of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. As destinations for recreation and tourism, these bodies of water rejuvenate our spirit … [read more]

Proclamation 9286 of May 22, 2015 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2015 A Proclamation Hurricanes cause devastating and sometimes deadly damage, with violent winds and heavy rains destroying buildings, inundating both coastal and inland areas, and displacing residents from their communities. Each year, we call attention to the risks hurricanes … [read more]

Start Printed Page 30329 Proclamation 9287 of May 22, 2015 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2015 A Proclamation On Memorial Day, the United States pauses to honor the fallen heroes who died in service to our Nation. With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these … [read more]

Proclamation 9285 of May 20, 2015 National Maritime Day, 2015 A Proclamation For over two centuries, proud mariners have set sail in defense of our people and in pursuit of opportunity. Through periods of conflict and times of peace, our Nation has relied on the United States Merchant Marine … [read more]

Proclamation 9284 of May 18, 2015 50th Anniversary of Head Start A Proclamation Supporting our children in their earliest years with high-quality care and education is one of the best investments we can make as a Nation—and for 50 years, Head Start has helped to lift up millions of … [read more]

Proclamation 9280 of May 15, 2015 National Safe Boating Week, 2015 A Proclamation America's waterways are conduits to creating lasting memories, to discovering worlds of adventure, and to generating economic opportunity. On our rivers, lakes, and oceans, a father brings his daughter fishing for the first time, and a … [read more]

Start Printed Page 29197 Proclamation 9282 of May 15, 2015 World Trade Week, 2015 A Proclamation After 6 years of tremendous progress, America has fought its way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. With the grit and determination of working families, we have rebuilt our economy, retooled … [read more]

Start Printed Page 29195 Proclamation 9281 of May 15, 2015 Emergency Medical Services Week, 2015 A Proclamation Few moments are as terrifying as those when medical emergencies strike. But thanks to the courageous efforts of all who provide emergency medical services (EMS), Americans know they and their loved ones … [read more]

Start Printed Page 29199 Proclamation 9283 of May 15, 2015 Armed Forces Day, 2015 A Proclamation At the heart of our Nation is the idea that we are each endowed with certain unalienable rights. We hold this truth to be self-evident, but from the moment a small band of … [read more]

Proclamation 9279 of May 11, 2015 National Women's Health Week, 2015 A Proclamation The security of quality, affordable health care should not be a privilege—it should be a fundamental right for every person, regardless of their sex or gender. Today, the Affordable Care Act is helping to secure this … [read more]

Start Printed Page 27241 Proclamation 9278 of May 8, 2015 Mother's Day, 2015 A Proclamation Each May, Americans dedicate a day to honor the remarkable women who strive and sacrifice all year to ensure ours is a Nation where all things are possible. Whether married or single, LGBT or … [read more]

Proclamation 9276 of May 8, 2015 National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, 2015 A Proclamation American infrastructure is the foundation of our economy—helping businesses move products, getting workers to the job, and ensuring families make it home to their loved ones each night. All year, we rely … [read more]

Start Printed Page 27239 Proclamation 9277 of May 8, 2015 Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2015 A Proclamation Each May, our Nation salutes the American women and men who put their lives on the line every day to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break … [read more]

Proclamation 9275 of May 7, 2015 Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2015 A Proclamation The strength of our Nation's military comes not just from the brave women and men who defend the values we cherish, but also from their families, who serve alongside them and make great sacrifices in service … [read more]

Proclamation 9274 of May 6, 2015 National Day of Prayer, 2015 A Proclamation When women and men of all backgrounds and beliefs are free to practice their faiths without fear or coercion, it bolsters our religious communities and helps to lift up diverse and vibrant societies throughout our world. … [read more]

Proclamation 9272 of May 4, 2015 National Charter Schools Week, 2015 A Proclamation In today's global economy, a high-quality education is one of the best investments we can make in a child's future, and it is central to the promise that in America, where you start should not determine … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26435 Proclamation 9273 of May 4, 2015 National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2015 A Proclamation In America, every child is born with limitless promise, and each deserves a chance to achieve their dreams. A world-class education can unlock a young person's full … [read more]

Proclamation 9270 of May 1, 2015 National Small Business Week, 2015 A Proclamation America's small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing half of our country's private sector workforce and creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in our country. Representing the quintessential American ideals of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 26179 Proclamation 9271 of May 1, 2015 Public Service Recognition Week, 2015 A Proclamation A Government of, by, and for the people is sustained only through the hard work and extraordinary sacrifice of millions of citizens willing to serve the country they love. From the moment … [read more]

Proclamation 9261 of April 30, 2015 Jewish American Heritage Month, 2015 A Proclamation From our Nation's earliest days, Jewish Americans have been a critical part of our story. In the face of unspeakable discrimination and adversity, they have fought tirelessly to realize their piece of the American dream and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25575 Proclamation 9263 of April 30, 2015 National Foster Care Month, 2015 A Proclamation At the heart of the American story is the simple truth that all children should have a fair chance at success, no matter who they are or where they come from. Central … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25895 Proclamation 9269 of April 30, 2015 Loyalty Day, 2015 A Proclamation As Americans, we are united not by the circumstances of our birth or our station in life, but by our fidelity to a set of shared ideals and unalienable rights. The principles of freedom, … [read more]

Proclamation 9266 of April 30, 2015 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2015 A Proclamation The rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders spans the world and the depths of America's history. Generation after generation, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have forged a proud legacy … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25891 Proclamation 9267 of April 30, 2015 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation This year, approximately one in five American adults—our friends, colleagues, and loved ones—will experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress, and many others … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25579 Proclamation 9265 of April 30, 2015 Law Day, U.S.A., 2015 A Proclamation Throughout the world, the rule of law is central to the promise of a safe, free, and just society. Respect for and adherence to the rule of law is the premise upon which … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25573 Proclamation 9262 of April 30, 2015 National Building Safety Month, 2015 A Proclamation From skyscrapers and schools to hospitals and homes, America's buildings are the foundations of our communities. When disasters strike, we rely on the structural integrity of our buildings to keep us safe. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25577 Proclamation 9264 of April 30, 2015 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2015 A Proclamation Sports are a fundamental part of American culture. They foster our country's competitive drive, help us stay healthy, and teach us what it takes to succeed—not only on the softball … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25893 Proclamation 9268 of April 30, 2015 Older Americans Month, 2015 A Proclamation In America, every person who is willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to build a life of opportunity and prosperity. We learned this simple truth from our … [read more]

Proclamation 9260 of April 27, 2015 Workers Memorial Day, 2015 A Proclamation Across the United States, as dedicated Americans clock in at factories, walk onto construction sites, put on their hospital uniforms, and report to do the daily work that drives our Nation's progress, they give meaning to the … [read more]

Proclamation 9259 of April 21, 2015 Earth Day, 2015 A Proclamation Forty-five years ago, millions of Americans celebrated the first Earth Day in cities across our Nation. Having borne witness to years of environmental neglect, these ordinary citizens gathered in the streets, in parks, and on college campuses to … [read more]

Proclamation 9258 of April 20, 2015 National Park Week, 2015 A Proclamation America's grandeur and God-given bounty are the birthright of all our people. Our national parks, monuments, lands, and waters belong to us all, and every person should be able to use and enjoy these unparalleled public lands. … [read more]

Proclamation 9257 of April 17, 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2015 A Proclamation In recent decades, our Nation has made tremendous progress in reducing the crime rate and building safer communities for all Americans. Yet tragically, millions of people continue to be victimized by crime each year—it happens … [read more]

Proclamation 9256 of April 14, 2015 Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln A Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln believed that we are, at heart, one Nation and one people. At a time when America was torn apart and our very future was in doubt, he knew our country was … [read more]

Proclamation 9255 of April 13, 2015 National Equal Pay Day, 2015 A Proclamation In the United States, the promise of opportunity is built on the idea that everyone who works hard should have the chance to get ahead. This creed is at the core of our democracy, and it … [read more]

Start Printed Page 20405 Proclamation 9254 of April 10, 2015 Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2015 A Proclamation One hundred and twenty-five years ago, delegates from countries throughout the Western Hemisphere came together to establish the International Union of American Republics, the forerunner to what is today … [read more]

Proclamation 9253 of April 10, 2015 National Volunteer Week, 2015 A Proclamation As a Nation, our greatest resource is our people. We each have the power to strengthen the fabric of our society and make the world a better place. Every day, Americans across the country realize this enormous … [read more]

Proclamation 9252 of April 8, 2015 National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2015 A Proclamation For more than two centuries, courageous patriots have fought and sacrificed to secure the freedoms that define our Nation's character and shape our way of life. With honor and distinction, they have borne … [read more]

Proclamation 9251 of April 6, 2015 National Public Health Week, 2015 A Proclamation Last year, as Ebola spread in West Africa—overwhelming public health systems and threatening to cross more borders—American women and men responded with extraordinary courage and dedication, traveling to the front lines of the outbreak and leading … [read more]

Proclamation 9250 of April 1, 2015 World Autism Awareness Day, 2015 A Proclamation On World Autism Awareness Day, our Nation recognizes all those around the globe who live on the autism spectrum. We celebrate the countless ways they strengthen our communities and enrich our world—and we reaffirm their fundamental … [read more]

Start Printed Page 18513 Proclamation 9249 of April 1, 2015 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2015 A Proclamation As Americans, we each have the power to shape our country's course and contribute to the extraordinary task of perfecting our Union. For more than two centuries, progress has … [read more]

Start Printed Page 18511 Proclamation 9248 of April 1, 2015 National Donate Life Month, 2015 A Proclamation At this moment, more than 123,000 Americans are in need of a life-saving organ transplant. Our Nation continues to face a critical shortage of donors, and every day, 21 people die waiting … [read more]

Proclamation 9247 of April 1, 2015 National Cancer Control Month, 2015 A Proclamation For generations, the United States has been committed to combating cancer. It is a battle fought by our finest medical researchers, devoted health care professionals, and the many loved ones who have known the pain of … [read more]

Proclamation 9245 of March 31, 2015 National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2015 A Proclamation Every child is born into a world filled with limitless possibilities, and as a Nation, we must ensure all our young people have the support they need to realize their enormous potential. Regardless of who … [read more]

Start Printed Page 18303 Proclamation 9246 of March 31, 2015 National Financial Capability Month, 2015 A Proclamation Our Nation is built on the idea that we do best when everyone gets a fair shot. Six years after a devastating recession shook many Americans' faith in our financial system, our … [read more]

Proclamation 9243 of March 30, 2015 César Chávez Day, 2015 A Proclamation For more than two centuries, the arc of our Nation's progress has been shaped by ordinary people who have dedicated their lives to the extraordinary work of building a more perfect Union. It is a story of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 18075 Proclamation 9244 of March 30, 2015 Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2015 A Proclamation In every child—every girl dreaming big dreams and every boy hungry to make something of himself—there exists limitless potential. Our young people are the problem-solvers, thinkers, and visionaries of tomorrow who … [read more]

Proclamation 9242 of March 24, 2015 Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2015 A Proclamation Since the dawn of our Nation, the United States and Greece have shared a bond forged through common struggle and deeply rooted in mutual beliefs. Greek principles … [read more]

Proclamation 9241 of March 13, 2015 National Poison Prevention Week, 2015 A Proclamation Household and environmental poisons pose risks to Americans of all ages. While children under age 6 account for half of all cases of poison exposure, more than 90 percent of poisoning deaths occur among people over … [read more]

Proclamation 9235 of February 27, 2015 American Red Cross Month, 2015 A Proclamation For more than 130 years, the devoted women and men of the American Red Cross have responded to challenges at home and abroad with compassion and generosity. In times of conflict and great tragedy, they deliver … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11849 Proclamation 9237 of February 27, 2015 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. This year, more than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with this cancer, and nearly 50,000 will die … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11851 Proclamation 9238 of February 27, 2015 Women's History Month, 2015 A Proclamation Throughout history, extraordinary women have fought tirelessly to broaden our democracy's reach and help perfect our Union. Through protest and activism, generations of women have appealed to the values at the heart of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11853 Proclamation 9239 of February 27, 2015 National Consumer Protection Week, 2015 A Proclamation As Americans, we believe that our destiny is written by us—not for us—and that ours is a country where hard work should pay off and responsibility should be rewarded. Through all of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11855 Proclamation 9240 of February 27, 2015 Read Across America Day, 2015 A Proclamation As a Nation, one of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure every American child can experience the transformative power of reading. Literacy is the gateway to all other learning, and it is … [read more]

Start Printed Page 11847 Proclamation 9236 of February 27, 2015 Irish-American Heritage Month, 2015 A Proclamation The vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Irish people shaped many of the earliest chapters of America's story. Our common values and shared vision for the future laid the foundation for an … [read more]

Proclamation 9234 of February 24, 2015 Establishment of the Honouliuli National Monument A Proclamation The Honouliuli Internment Camp (Honouliuli) serves as a powerful reminder of the need to protect civil liberties in times of conflict, and the effects of martial law on civil society. Honouliuli is nationally significant for … [read more]

Proclamation 9233 of February 19, 2015 Establishment of the Pullman National Monument A Proclamation The Pullman National Historic Landmark District (Pullman Historic District) in Chicago, Illinois, typifies many of the economic, social, and design currents running through American life in the late 19th and early 20th century, yet it … [read more]

Proclamation 9232 of February 19, 2015 Establishment of the Browns Canyon National Monument A Proclamation In central Colorado's vibrant upper Arkansas River valley, the rugged granite cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings, and stunning mountain vistas of Browns Canyon form an iconic landscape that attracts visitors from around the world. The … [read more]

Start Printed Page 6421 Proclamation 9230 of January 30, 2015 National African American History Month, 2015 A Proclamation For generations, the story of American progress has been shaped by the inextinguishable beliefs that change is always possible and a brighter future lies ahead. With tremendous strength and abiding resolve, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 6423 Proclamation 9231 of January 30, 2015 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2015 A Proclamation In a Nation invested in the limitless possibility of every child, ending dating violence is an urgent priority. Each year, an estimated 1 in 10 American teenagers is … [read more]

Proclamation 9229 of January 30, 2015 American Heart Month, 2015 A Proclamation In the United States, cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the number one killer of American women and men, and it is a leading … [read more]

Proclamation 9228 of January 16, 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2015 A Proclamation A champion for justice, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped awaken our Nation's long-slumbering conscience and inspired a generation. Through a cacophony of division and hatred, his voice rang out, challenging America … [read more]

Proclamation 9227 of January 15, 2015 Religious Freedom Day, 2015 A Proclamation From many faiths and diverse beliefs, Americans are united by the ideals we cherish. Our shared values define who we are as a people and what we stand for as a Nation. With abiding resolve, generations of … [read more]

Proclamation 9224 of December 31, 2014 National Mentoring Month, 2015 A Proclamation In a Nation of limitless possibility, every child deserves the chance to unlock his or her potential. When young Americans have the support they need to make the most of themselves, they can achieve their dreams and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 825 Proclamation 9225 of December 31, 2014 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2015 A Proclamation For more than two centuries, the United States has worked to advance the cause of freedom. Stained from a history of slavery and shaped by ancestors brought to this … [read more]

Start Printed Page 827 Proclamation 9226 of December 31, 2014 National Stalking Awareness Month, 2015 A Proclamation In every State across our Nation, stalking is a crime. It is unacceptable behavior that violates the most basic principles of respect and decency, infringing on our fundamental right to feel safe … [read more]

Proclamation 9223 of December 23, 2014 To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. In Proclamation 8921 of December 20, 2012, I determined that the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (Guinea-Bissau) was not making continual progress in meeting the requirements described … [read more]

Proclamation 9222 of December 16, 2014 Wright Brothers Day, 2014 A Proclamation The United States has always been a land of exploration and innovation. Determined to build a Nation where all things were possible, our country's Founders crossed a vast ocean and launched an improbable experiment in democracy. Early … [read more]

Proclamation 9221 of December 15, 2014 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge A Proclamation By the winter of 1944, the United States and Allied forces had stormed the beaches of Normandy, thundered into Europe, and liberated Paris, turning the tide in the struggle against the forces of … [read more]

Proclamation 9220 of December 12, 2014 Bill of Rights Day, 2014 A Proclamation For more than two centuries, our Nation has been shaped by courageous women and men who have dared to raise their voices and work to safeguard the blessings of liberty and justice. In the face of … [read more]

Proclamation 9219 of December 9, 2014 Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2014 A Proclamation On December 10, 1948, nations from six continents came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This extraordinary document affirmed that every individual is born equal with inalienable rights, and it … [read more]

Proclamation 9218 of December 5, 2014 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2014 A Proclamation On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese planes thundered over Hawaii, dropping bombs in an unprovoked act of war against the United States. The attack claimed the lives of more than 2,400 Americans. It … [read more]

Proclamation 9217 of December 2, 2014 International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2014 A Proclamation Each year, the United States joins with the international community to celebrate the inherent dignity and worth of every person. In America and in countries around the world, individuals with disabilities support families, strengthen … [read more]

Proclamation 9214 of November 26, 2014 Thanksgiving Day, 2014 A Proclamation Thanksgiving Day invites us to reflect on the blessings we enjoy and the freedoms we cherish. As we gather with family and friends to take part in this uniquely American celebration, we give thanks for the extraordinary opportunities … [read more]

Proclamation 9215 of December 3, 2014 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2014 A Proclamation All Americans deserve to live long and full lives, and every child should have the chance to seize his or her future. But throughout our Nation, too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic … [read more]

Start Printed Page 71953 Proclamation 9216 of December 3, 2014 World AIDS Day, 2014 A Proclamation In communities across our Nation and around the world, we have made extraordinary progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, … [read more]

Proclamation 9213 of November 21, 2014 National Family Week, 2014 A Proclamation In big cities and small towns throughout our Nation, the strength and diversity of hardworking families reflect the promise of America—that with grit and determination, anyone can build a better future for themselves and their children. Families … [read more]

Proclamation 9212 of November 19, 2014 National Child's Day, 2014 A Proclamation In the faces of today's children we see tomorrow's leaders and innovators. Like their parents and grandparents before them, they have the potential to unearth new discoveries, pioneer bold inventions, and unlock groundbreaking solutions to longstanding problems. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 68761 Proclamation 9211 of November 14, 2014 America Recycles Day, 2014 A Proclamation As a Nation, we must do all we can to leave the next generation a cleaner, safer, and more stable world. America's young people are tomorrow's environmental stewards, and it is our responsibility … [read more]

Proclamation 9210 of November 14, 2014 American Education Week, 2014 A Proclamation In the United States, every young person deserves access to a world-class education. In classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories across America, high-quality education helps unlock the limitless potential of our Nation's students and creates pathways for their … [read more]

Proclamation 9208 of November 7, 2014 Veterans Day, 2014 A Proclamation Since the birth of our Nation, American patriots have stepped forward to serve our country and defend our way of life. With honor and distinction, generations of servicemen and women have taken up arms to win our independence, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 67311 Proclamation 9209 of November 7, 2014 World Freedom Day, 2014 A Proclamation For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall divided a nation and stood as one symbol of a system that denied individuals the freedoms that are the right of every person. It separated families … [read more]

Proclamation 9203 of October 31, 2014 National College Application Month, 2014 A Proclamation With hard work and determination, a great education should be within everyone's reach. At the heart of America's promise is the belief that we all deserve an equal opportunity to get ahead, and today more than … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65865 Proclamation 9204 of October 31, 2014 National Diabetes Month, 2014 A Proclamation Today, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. This devastating disease affects men and women of all backgrounds and ages, and can cause serious health complications, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65871 Proclamation 9207 of October 31, 2014 National Native American Heritage Month, 2014 A Proclamation Every year, our Nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country's character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65867 Proclamation 9205 of October 31, 2014 National Entrepreneurship Month, 2014 A Proclamation Across our Nation, in laboratories and around kitchen tables, passionate and creative entrepreneurs are developing new sources of clean energy, cures for life-threatening diseases, and inventions that will transform the way we see … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65869 Proclamation 9206 of October 31, 2014 National Family Caregivers Month, 2014 A Proclamation Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65861 Proclamation 9202 of October 31, 2014 National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Across our Nation, as many as 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease—currently an irreversible, incurable, and fatal disease. Together with their loved ones, these individuals experience the tragic realities of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65859 Proclamation 9201 of October 31, 2014 National Adoption Month, 2014 A Proclamation Every year, adoptive parents welcome tens of thousands of children and teenagers into supportive and loving families. These mothers and fathers provide their sons and daughters with the security and stability of a … [read more]

Proclamation 9199 of October 31, 2014 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, 2014 A Proclamation Essential to our national security and economic growth, America's critical infrastructure—from our power plants and pipelines to our hospitals and highways—supports the physical and virtual systems that underpin American society. In a changing world, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 65857 Proclamation 9200 of October 31, 2014 Military Family Month, 2014 A Proclamation For more than two centuries, members of our Armed Forces have defended our country with unyielding courage. In our Nation's times of need, these brave patriots step forward to answer America's call, leaving … [read more]

Proclamation 9198 of October 24, 2014 United Nations Day, 2014 A Proclamation In 1945, in the shadow of a world war and the face of an uncertain future, 51 founding nations joined in common purpose to establish the United Nations and codify its mission to maintain international peace and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63291 Proclamation 9197 of October 17, 2014 National Forest Products Week, 2014 A Proclamation Our Nation's forests are an essential element of our urban spaces and rural landscape. Covering more than 750 million acres across America, they create opportunities for recreation and habitats for wildlife, and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 63289 Proclamation 9196 of October 17, 2014 National Character Counts Week, 2014 A Proclamation For generations, our Nation's beliefs in mutual respect, shared responsibility, and equality for all have strengthened our bond as a people and guided our path—uniting us in times of crisis and inspiring … [read more]

Start Printed Page 62299 Proclamation 9192 of October 10, 2014 General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2014 A Proclamation More than 200 years ago, Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski answered the call of our fledgling Nation as we sought to secure liberty and justice. A Polish-born leader, he fought and sacrificed his … [read more]

Proclamation 9195 of October 14, 2014 Blind Americans Equality Day, 2014 A Proclamation For half a century, our Nation has set aside one day every year to honor the contributions of blind and visually impaired Americans. In that time, we have built a more just and more inclusive society. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 62303 Proclamation 9194 of October 10, 2014 Establishment of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument A Proclamation Known as the crown to the Valley of Angels, the peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains frame the Los Angeles skyline. Over 15 million people live within 90 minutes … [read more]

Start Printed Page 62301 Proclamation 9193 of October 10, 2014 Columbus Day, 2014 A Proclamation When Christopher Columbus—a son of Genoa, Italy—set sail across the Atlantic, no one could imagine the profound and lasting impact he would have on the world. In search of a westward route to Asia, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 62297 Proclamation 9191 of October 10, 2014 International Day of the Girl, 2014 A Proclamation In every community across the globe, girls and women should have the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve their full potential. All nations have a responsibility to protect the basic human … [read more]

Proclamation 9190 of October 10, 2014 National School Lunch Week, 2014 A Proclamation Ensuring access to balanced, healthy meals for all young people is essential to their success, and it is our responsibility as a Nation. Today, more than 30 million children depend on the National School Lunch Program … [read more]

Proclamation 9189 of October 8, 2014 Leif Erikson Day, 2014 A Proclamation At a time when much of the world remained unknown, Leif Erikson—a son of Iceland and grandson of Norway—left his Nordic homeland and sailed westward across an unrelenting ocean. Landing in present-day Canada more than 1,000 years … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60945 Proclamation 9188 of October 3, 2014 To Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974 A Proclamation 1. Sections 501(1) and (4) of the Trade Act of 1974 (the “1974 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2461(1) and (4)), provide that, in determining … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60941 Proclamation 9186 of October 3, 2014 Child Health Day, 2014 A Proclamation All children deserve equal opportunities to realize their potential and reach their dreams. Securing this promise for our daughters and sons begins with ensuring their health and well-being. As we pause on Child … [read more]

Proclamation 9185 of October 3, 2014 Fire Prevention Week, 2014 A Proclamation Fires can take lives, devastate communities, and destroy our homes and businesses. They pose a threat to Americans across our Nation, and they cost us billions of dollars each year. As we mark Fire Prevention Week, we … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60943 Proclamation 9187 of October 3, 2014 German-American Day, 2014 A Proclamation America is and always has been a Nation of immigrants, and from our earliest days, German Americans have contributed to our national identity. Germans were among the first settlers in the original 13 Colonies, … [read more]

Proclamation 9184 of October 2, 2014 National Manufacturing Day, 2014 A Proclamation With ingenuity and a determined spirit, hardworking Americans are creating products and unlocking new technologies that will shape our Nation and grow our economy. In uncertain times, our parents and grandparents built a robust manufacturing sector that … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60047 Proclamation 9179 of September 30, 2014 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers the United States faces. They jeopardize our country's critical infrastructure, endanger our individual liberties, and threaten every American's way of life. When … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60045 Proclamation 9178 of September 30, 2014 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation This year, more than 230,000 women and 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in America. The heartache and the pain of this disease will touch too many of our … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60053 Proclamation 9182 of September 30, 2014 National Energy Action Month, 2014 A Proclamation Safeguarding America's energy future is an economic, environmental, and national security imperative. The energy choices we make today will have a substantial impact on the world we leave to our children and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60049 Proclamation 9180 of September 30, 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation; they are innovators and pioneers of technology. In urban centers and rural communities, they carry forward our Nation's … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60043 Proclamation 9177 of September 30, 2014 National Arts and Humanities Month, 2014 A Proclamation In this complicated world and in these challenging times, the arts and humanities enhance the character of our Nation. The flash of insight that comes from watching a thought-provoking documentary or … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60051 Proclamation 9181 of September 30, 2014 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Domestic violence affects every American. It harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most. It is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 60055 Proclamation 9183 of September 30, 2014 National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, 2014 A Proclamation Substance abuse disrupts our families, schools, and communities and limits the success of young people across our country. It destroys relationships and stands in the way of academic achievement. Every day, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 59421 Proclamation 9176 of September 26, 2014 Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, 2014 A Proclamation For generations, mothers and families have given a piece of their heart to our Nation as their loved ones serve in our Armed Forces with honor and distinction. Seventy years … [read more]

Start Printed Page 59419 Proclamation 9175 of September 26, 2014 National Public Lands Day, 2014 A Proclamation From sandy beaches to snow-capped mountain tops, America's vast and varied landscapes stretch the breadth of our continent. These treasured spaces support outdoor recreation, serve as living classrooms and laboratories, and boost … [read more]

Proclamation 9174 of September 26, 2014 National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2014 A Proclamation Across America, hunting and fishing connect people of all ages to our Nation's splendor, instilling a conservation ethic that spans generations. As mist clears off glistening lakes and fog lifts from forests and grasslands, sportsmen … [read more]

Proclamation 9173 of September 25, 2014 Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion A Proclamation Through Proclamation 8336 of January 6, 2009, the President established the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (“Monument”) to protect and preserve the marine environment around Wake, Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands, Johnston and … [read more]

Proclamation 9171 of September 19, 2014 National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2014 A Proclamation On the eve of our Nation's birth, a courageous people stood up to the tyranny of an empire and declared their independence. They proclaimed the values of equality and justice and … [read more]

Proclamation 9170 of September 19, 2014 National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2014 A Proclamation Across our Nation, farmers and ranchers labor through difficult and often dangerous conditions to write their chapter in the narrative that sustains our Union. It is the story of hard work and ingenuity that … [read more]

Start Printed Page 57427 Proclamation 9172 of September 19, 2014 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2014 A Proclamation For generations, the promise of an education has been a beacon of hope for millions of Americans seeking a better life. At a time when it was deemed illegal … [read more]

Proclamation 9169 of September 18, 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2014 A Proclamation America's history shines with patriots who have answered the call to serve. From Minutemen who gathered on a green in Lexington to a great generation that faced down Communism and all those in our military today, … [read more]

Proclamation 9168 of September 16, 2014 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, 2014 A Proclamation Eleven years after a small band of patriots declared the independence of our new Nation, our Framers set out to refine the promise of liberty and codify the principles of our Republic. Though … [read more]

Proclamation 9166 of September 12, 2014 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2014 A Proclamation Nearly 50 years after the United States first observed what was then National Hispanic Heritage Week, Hispanics represent a vibrant and thriving part of our diverse Nation. Their histories and cultures stretch across centuries, and the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 55961 Proclamation 9167 of September 12, 2014 National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2014 A Proclamation In America, every child should have access to a world-class education. Our Nation's classrooms cultivate and challenge young minds and build a skilled and competitive workforce, securing a brighter future for our … [read more]

Proclamation 9165 of September 10, 2014 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2014 A Proclamation America will never forget the September tragedy that shook our Nation's core 13 years ago. On a day that began like so many others, a clear blue sky was pierced by … [read more]

Proclamation 9164 of September 9, 2014 Twentieth Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act A Proclamation Twenty years ago, our Nation came together to declare our commitment to end violence against women. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), written by then United States Senator Joe Biden and signed into … [read more]

Proclamation 9163 of September 5, 2014 National Grandparents Day, 2014 A Proclamation Each year, we pause to salute the grandmothers and grandfathers who strengthen our families and shape our Nation. Through decades of hard work, they have broken down barriers and blazed pathways for the generations that followed, and … [read more]

Proclamation 9162 of September 4, 2014 National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2014 A Proclamation In the footprints of two mighty towers, at a hallowed field where heroic actions saved even more heartbreak and destruction, and outside a Pentagon wall where we have rebuilt but still remember—in these sacred … [read more]

Start Printed Page 52947 Proclamation 9159 of August 29, 2014 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among American men. They are fathers, brothers, and sons—and this year, more than 230,000 of them are expected to be diagnosed with … [read more]

Proclamation 9154 of August 29, 2014 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2014 A Proclamation Every day, courageous men and women take the first step toward reclaiming their lives from substance use disorders. We recognize the strength and resolve of these individuals who have committed to recovery, and … [read more]

Start Printed Page 52941 Proclamation 9156 of August 29, 2014 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Childhood obesity is one of the most urgent health issues we face in the United States. Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for … [read more]

Start Printed Page 52939 Proclamation 9155 of August 29, 2014 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Each year, pediatric cancer interrupts the childhood and limits the potential of thousands of young Americans. It is estimated that almost 16,000 of our daughters and sons under the age of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 52949 Proclamation 9160 of August 29, 2014 National Wilderness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Fifty years ago, a forward-thinking Nation came together, a President put pen to paper, and a great society secured an enduring gift for future generations. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September … [read more]

Start Printed Page 52951 Proclamation 9161 of August 29, 2014 Labor Day, 2014 A Proclamation On Labor Day, we honor the legacy of our working women and men who have played a defining role in the American story and all those who carry forward our Nation's proud tradition of … [read more]

Start Printed Page 52943 Proclamation 9157 of August 29, 2014 National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of all female reproductive system cancers. This year nearly 22,000 Americans will be diagnosed with this cancer, and more than 14,000 will die from it. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 52945 Proclamation 9158 of August 29, 2014 National Preparedness Month, 2014 A Proclamation In times of emergency, our Nation pulls together—neighbors support each other, communities react with compassion, and afterward, our country emerges stronger and more resilient. But before emergencies occur, we must make sure we … [read more]

Proclamation 9153 of August 25, 2014 Women's Equality Day, 2014 A Proclamation On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified, securing for women the fundamental right to vote. The product of decades spent organizing, protesting, and agitating, it was a turning point on the long march toward equality … [read more]

Proclamation 9152 of August 8, 2014 National Health Center Week, 2014 A Proclamation In the United States of America, no one should have to live in poverty just because they get sick. Families deserve quality, affordable health care and the peace of mind that comes with it—regardless of who … [read more]

Proclamation 9148 of July 25, 2014 Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2014 A Proclamation Over two decades ago, Americans—some in wheelchairs, some using sign language, and all with an abiding belief in our Nation's promise—came together to strengthen our commitment to equality for all. At a time … [read more]

Start Printed Page 44253 Proclamation 9149 of July 25, 2014 Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2014 A Proclamation Our Nation thrives when we fulfill the promise of opportunity for all—when each of us has the same chance to succeed, when every American can find pride and independence in their work, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 44255 Proclamation 9150 of July 25, 2014 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2014 A Proclamation More than six decades ago, courageous Americans joined Korean patriots as they defended their right to decide their own fate. They fought through mud, snow, and heavy fire. As they … [read more]

Start Printed Page 44257 Proclamation 9151 of July 25, 2014 World Hepatitis Day, 2014 A Proclamation Around the world, one in twelve people are living with viral hepatitis. In the United States, millions of Americans are infected with this life-threatening disease, with more than two-thirds unaware of their infection … [read more]

Proclamation 9147 of July 18, 2014 Captive Nations Week, 2014 A Proclamation As the grip of the Cold War tightened, America pledged our solidarity to every nation held captive behind the Iron Curtain and every individual who refused to accept that fate. We stood with them through a long … [read more]

Proclamation 9146 of June 30, 2014 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act A Proclamation Few achievements have defined our national identity as distinctly or as powerfully as the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It transformed our understanding of justice, equality, and democracy and advanced our long journey … [read more]

Proclamation 9145 of June 26, 2014 To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and for Other Purposes A Proclamation 1. In Proclamation 8468 of December 23, 2009, I determined that the Republic of Madagascar (Madagascar) was not making continual progress in meeting the requirements described … [read more]

Proclamation 9144 of June 20, 2014 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill of Rights A Proclamation In the Second World War, a generation risked their lives for people they had never met and ideals none of us could live without. As they fought to liberate a continent and safeguard … [read more]

Proclamation 9143 of June 17, 2014 National Day of Making, 2014 A Proclamation Our Nation is home to a long line of innovators who have fueled our economy and transformed our world. Through the generations, American inventors have lit our homes, propelled humanity into the skies, and helped people … [read more]

Proclamation 9142 of June 13, 2014 Father's Day, 2014 A Proclamation Fatherhood is among the most difficult and rewarding jobs a man can have. It demands constant attention, frequent sacrifice, and a healthy dose of patience. Even in a time when technology allows us to connect instantly with almost … [read more]

Proclamation 9141 of June 11, 2014 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2014 A Proclamation Each year, the international community renews its commitment to addressing a human rights issue that too often goes ignored—elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Elder abuse damages public health and threatens millions of our parents, grandparents, … [read more]

Proclamation 9140 of June 6, 2014 Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2014 A Proclamation Over farmlands and town squares, atop skyscrapers and capitol buildings, the American flag soars. It reminds us of our history—13 colonies that rose up against an empire—and celebrates the spirit of 50 proud States … [read more]

Proclamation 9139 of June 5, 2014 D-Day National Remembrance Day, 2014 A Proclamation On June 6, 1944, before dawn broke across the beaches of Normandy, scores of allied service members prepared to fight a battle that would decide the fate of freedom in the 20th century. The odds weighed … [read more]

Start Printed Page 32431 Proclamation 9138 of May 30, 2014 National Oceans Month, 2014 A Proclamation Americans look to the oceans as natural treasures, a source of food and energy, and a foundation for our way of life. Our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes provide jobs and attract tourism. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 32425 Proclamation 9135 of May 30, 2014 Great Outdoors Month, 2014 A Proclamation On windswept coastlines, in lush forests, and atop striking mountain peaks, Americans take in sights that have inspired generations. Our natural landscapes provide refuge for those seeking solitude. They attract tourism, create jobs, … [read more]

Proclamation 9134 of May 30, 2014 African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2014 A Proclamation Our country is home to a proud legacy of African-American musicians whose songs transcend genre. They make us move, make us think, and make us feel the full range of emotion—from the pain of isolation to … [read more]

Start Printed Page 32427 Proclamation 9136 of May 30, 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014 A Proclamation As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect—our Nation becomes … [read more]

Start Printed Page 32429 Proclamation 9137 of May 30, 2014 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2014 A Proclamation Caribbean Americans are part of a great national tradition, descendants of hopeful, striving people who journeyed to our lands in search of a better life. They were drawn by a belief in … [read more]

Start Printed Page 30701 Proclamation 9133 of May 23, 2014 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2014 A Proclamation Constant in the American narrative is the story of men and women who loved our country so deeply they were willing to give their all to keep it safe and free. … [read more]

Proclamation 9132 of May 23, 2014 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2014 A Proclamation Hurricanes can demolish towns, obliterate coastlines, and devastate families. We cannot eliminate the threats they pose, but with careful planning, we can better protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, … [read more]

Proclamation 9131 of May 21, 2014 Establishment of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument A Proclamation In southern New Mexico, surrounding the city of Las Cruces in the Río Grande's fertile Mesilla Valley, five iconic mountain ranges rise above Chihuahuan Desert grasslands: the Robledo, Sierra de las Uvas, Doña … [read more]

Proclamation 9130 of May 19, 2014 National Maritime Day, 2014 A Proclamation America's open seas have long been a source of prosperity and strength, and since before our Nation's founding, the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have defended them. From securing Atlantic routes during the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 29319 Proclamation 9128 of May 16, 2014 World Trade Week, 2014 A Proclamation Commercial ties build partnerships between nations and spur growth across the world. Here in America, trade bolsters our small businesses, which make up 98 percent of our exporters and create nearly two out … [read more]

Start Printed Page 29317 Proclamation 9127 of May 16, 2014 Emergency Medical Services Week, 2014 A Proclamation Wherever and whenever crisis hits, the men and women of our emergency medical services (EMS) rush to the scene. With unyielding steadiness, they bring care to those who need it most. During … [read more]

Proclamation 9126 of May 16, 2014 National Safe Boating Week, 2014 A Proclamation Our Nation's lakes, rivers, and oceans provide havens for reflection and offer boundless opportunities for recreation with loved ones. As we mark National Safe Boating Week, we emphasize the importance of taking precautions and practicing responsible … [read more]

Start Printed Page 29321 Proclamation 9129 of May 16, 2014 Armed Forces Day, 2014 A Proclamation In every generation, there are men and women who stand apart. They put on the uniform and put their lives on the line so the rest of us might live in a safer, … [read more]

Proclamation 9125 of May 15, 2014 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education A Proclamation May 17, 1954, marked a turning point in America's journey toward a more perfect Union. On that day, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing … [read more]

Proclamation 9120 of May 9, 2014 National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, 2014 A Proclamation In today's global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure. A sound transportation system allows businesses to safely move their goods to market, and maintaining that system creates jobs upgrading ports, unclogging … [read more]

Start Printed Page 27725 Proclamation 9123 of May 9, 2014 Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2014 A Proclamation Each year, America sets aside a week to salute the men and women who do the difficult, dangerous, and often thankless work of safeguarding our communities. Our Nation's peace … [read more]

Start Printed Page 27727 Proclamation 9124 of May 9, 2014 Mother's Day, 2014 A Proclamation For over a century, Americans have come together to celebrate our first friends and mentors, our inspirations and constant sources of strength. Our mothers are breadwinners, community leaders, and pillars of family. They pioneer … [read more]

Start Printed Page 27721 Proclamation 9121 of May 9, 2014 National Small Business Week, 2014 A Proclamation Small businesses represent an ideal at the heart of our Nation's promise—that with ingenuity and hard work, anyone can build a better life. They are also the lifeblood of our economy, employing … [read more]

Start Printed Page 27723 Proclamation 9122 of May 9, 2014 National Women's Health Week, 2014 A Proclamation As Americans, we strive for a Nation of broad-based prosperity, where hard work pays off and everyone can go as far as their dreams allow. Over the past half-century, women have opened … [read more]

Proclamation 9119 of May 8, 2014 Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2014 A Proclamation Our military spouses embody ideals we cherish: strength, loyalty, and commitment. They stand beside those who stand behind our flag, giving their all and making tremendous sacrifices. They shoulder the burdens of countless moves and stressful … [read more]

Proclamation 9118 of May 2, 2014 National Charter Schools Week, 2014 A Proclamation At the heart of who we are as Americans is the simple but profound idea that no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from, if you work hard and meet … [read more]

Proclamation 9108 of April 30, 2014 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2014 A Proclamation During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and we reflect on the many ways they have enriched our Nation. … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25647 Proclamation 9111 of April 30, 2014 National Foster Care Month, 2014 A Proclamation Every child deserves to grow, learn, and dream in a supportive and loving environment. During National Foster Care Month, we recognize the almost 400,000 young people in foster care and the foster … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25643 Proclamation 9109 of April 30, 2014 Jewish American Heritage Month, 2014 A Proclamation For thousands of years, the Jewish people have sustained their identity and traditions, persevering in the face of persecution. Through generations of enslavement and years of wandering, through forced segregation and the … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25645 Proclamation 9110 of April 30, 2014 National Building Safety Month, 2014 A Proclamation America's buildings do more than house people and goods. They embody innovation; inspire creativity; and provide foundations for families, businesses, and communities. During National Building Safety Month, we celebrate the dedicated professionals … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25649 Proclamation 9112 of April 30, 2014 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2014 A Proclamation Despite great strides in our understanding of mental illness and vast improvements in the dialogue surrounding it, too many still suffer in silence. Tens of millions of Americans face mental health … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25655 Proclamation 9115 of April 30, 2014 Law Day, U.S.A., 2014 A Proclamation More than two centuries ago, patriots battled to release America from the grip of tyranny. As these brave citizens defended their right to shape their own destiny, our Founders created a government of, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25657 Proclamation 9116 of April 30, 2014 Loyalty Day, 2014 A Proclamation Over 150 years ago, as a civil war threatened to dissolve our Union, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Defining the American experiment as “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25651 Proclamation 9113 of April 30, 2014 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2014 A Proclamation Sports keep children healthy, teach them to work as part of a team, and help them develop the discipline to achieve their goals. During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25659 Proclamation 9117 of April 30, 2014 National Day of Prayer, 2014 A Proclamation One of our Nation's great strengths is the freedom we hold dear, including the freedom to exercise our faiths freely. For many Americans, prayer is an essential act of worship and a … [read more]

Start Printed Page 25653 Proclamation 9114 of April 30, 2014 Older Americans Month, 2014 A Proclamation Older Americans have fortified our country and shaped our world. They have made groundbreaking discoveries, pioneered new industries, led our Nation's businesses, and advanced our unending journey toward a more perfect Union. They … [read more]

Proclamation 9107 of April 25, 2014 Workers Memorial Day, 2014 A Proclamation America is built on the promise of opportunity. We believe that everyone should have a chance to succeed, that what matters is the strength of our work ethic, the scope of our dreams, and our willingness to … [read more]

Proclamation 9106 of April 21, 2014 Earth Day, 2014 A Proclamation Over four decades ago, Americans from all walks of life came together to tackle a shared challenge. Pollution damaged our health and livelihoods—from children swimmin