Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2009, 4091-4092 [E9-1526]

Download as PDF 4091 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 13 Thursday, January 22, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8340 of January 15, 2009 The President Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, we recognize one of history’s most consequential advocates for equality and civil rights, and we celebrate his powerful message of justice and hope. Our Nation is better because Dr. King was a man of courage and vision who understood that love and compassion will always triumph over bitterness and hatred. As Americans, we believe it is self-evident that all men are created equal and that freedom is not a grant of government but a gift from the Author of Life. Dr. King trusted in these beliefs articulated in our founding documents even when our country’s practices did not live up to its promises. He roused the conscience of a complacent Nation by drawing attention to the ugliness of discrimination and segregation and by calling on Americans to live up to our guarantee of equality. Our Nation has seen tremendous progress in redeeming the ideals of America and protecting every person’s God-given rights. The historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States reflects the real advances our Nation has made in the fight against the bigotry that Dr. King opposed. More work remains, though, and we must heed Dr. King’s words that ‘‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’’ By continuing to spread his message and demanding that the equal rights he fought for are extended to all people, we can ensure that the dignity of every person is respected and that the hope for a better tomorrow reaches every community throughout the world. As we observe Dr. King’s birthday, we commemorate his leadership and strength of character. We go forward with confidence that if we remain true to our founding principles, our Nation will continue to advance the cause of justice and remain a beacon of hope to people everywhere. rmajette on PRODPC74 with NOTICES2 NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 19, 2009, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service programs and activities in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:15 Jan 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JAD0.SGM 22JAD0 4092 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 13 / Thursday, January 22, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third. [FR Doc. E9–1526 Filed 1–21–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:15 Jan 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JAD0.SGM 22JAD0 GWBOLD.EPS</GPH> rmajette on PRODPC74 with NOTICES2 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 13 (Thursday, January 22, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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Proclamation 8340--Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2009



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Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 13 / Thursday, January 22, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8340 of January 15, 2009

                
Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                On the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, we 
                recognize one of history's most consequential advocates 
                for equality and civil rights, and we celebrate his 
                powerful message of justice and hope. Our Nation is 
                better because Dr. King was a man of courage and vision 
                who understood that love and compassion will always 
                triumph over bitterness and hatred.

                As Americans, we believe it is self-evident that all 
                men are created equal and that freedom is not a grant 
                of government but a gift from the Author of Life. Dr. 
                King trusted in these beliefs articulated in our 
                founding documents even when our country's practices 
                did not live up to its promises. He roused the 
                conscience of a complacent Nation by drawing attention 
                to the ugliness of discrimination and segregation and 
                by calling on Americans to live up to our guarantee of 
                equality.

                Our Nation has seen tremendous progress in redeeming 
                the ideals of America and protecting every person's 
                God-given rights. The historic election of Barack Obama 
                as President of the United States reflects the real 
                advances our Nation has made in the fight against the 
                bigotry that Dr. King opposed. More work remains, 
                though, and we must heed Dr. King's words that 
                ``injustice anywhere is a threat to justice 
                everywhere.'' By continuing to spread his message and 
                demanding that the equal rights he fought for are 
                extended to all people, we can ensure that the dignity 
                of every person is respected and that the hope for a 
                better tomorrow reaches every community throughout the 
                world.

                As we observe Dr. King's birthday, we commemorate his 
                leadership and strength of character. We go forward 
                with confidence that if we remain true to our founding 
                principles, our Nation will continue to advance the 
                cause of justice and remain a beacon of hope to people 
                everywhere.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim January 19, 2009, as the 
                Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage 
                all Americans to observe this day with appropriate 
                civic, community, and service programs and activities 
                in honor of Dr. King's life and legacy.

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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-1526
Filed 1-21-09; 11:15 am]
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