Loyalty Day, 2009, 20863-20864 [E9-10559]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 5, 2009 / Presidential Documents 20863 Presidential Documents Proclamation 8368 of May 1, 2009 Loyalty Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation More than two centuries ago, our Nation’s Founders declared the birth of a new Nation and began an experiment in self-governance. The young Republic committed itself to protecting the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens. These ideals inspired loyalty to the young Nation and moved volunteers to fight for their independence. Generations later, these founding principles continue to unify and command the loyalty of the American people. The United States has expanded in size, increased in population, and grown in diversity, yet the promise of liberty and the pursuit of happiness arouse the patriotism and loyalty of Americans anew. Just as early settlers pledged to do their part to build the new Nation, now recent immigrants—loyal to the very same values— are helping America fulfill its promise. We enjoy these blessings of liberty only because brave patriots have answered the call of duty. The men and women of the United States Armed Forces exemplify loyalty to our highest ideals, as do those who have fought valiantly for civil rights within our borders. These Americans and many others have made enormous sacrifices, and our Nation is grateful for their selflessness and unshakeable loyalty. The Congress, by Public Law 85–529, as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as ‘‘Loyalty Day.’’ On Loyalty Day, we honor our Nation and remember with pride the courageous individuals who help keep it safe and strong and who honor its legacy of freedom and equal opportunity. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2009, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance and to display the flag of the United States on Loyalty Day. VerDate Nov<24>2008 23:15 May 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05MYD1.SGM 05MYD1 20864 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 5, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, 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. E9–10559 Filed 5–4–09; 12:00 pm] VerDate Nov<24>2008 23:15 May 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05MYD1.SGM 05MYD1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> Billing code 3195–W9–P

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Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 5, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8368 of May 1, 2009

                
Loyalty Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                More than two centuries ago, our Nation's Founders 
                declared the birth of a new Nation and began an 
                experiment in self-governance. The young Republic 
                committed itself to protecting the rights of life, 
                liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens. 
                These ideals inspired loyalty to the young Nation and 
                moved volunteers to fight for their independence.

                Generations later, these founding principles continue 
                to unify and command the loyalty of the American 
                people. The United States has expanded in size, 
                increased in population, and grown in diversity, yet 
                the promise of liberty and the pursuit of happiness 
                arouse the patriotism and loyalty of Americans anew. 
                Just as early settlers pledged to do their part to 
                build the new Nation, now recent immigrants--loyal to 
                the very same values--are helping America fulfill its 
                promise.

                We enjoy these blessings of liberty only because brave 
                patriots have answered the call of duty. The men and 
                women of the United States Armed Forces exemplify 
                loyalty to our highest ideals, as do those who have 
                fought valiantly for civil rights within our borders. 
                These Americans and many others have made enormous 
                sacrifices, and our Nation is grateful for their 
                selflessness and unshakeable loyalty.

                The Congress, by Public Law 85-529, as amended, has 
                designated May 1 of each year as ``Loyalty Day.'' On 
                Loyalty Day, we honor our Nation and remember with 
                pride the courageous individuals who help keep it safe 
                and strong and who honor its legacy of freedom and 
                equal opportunity.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 
                2009, as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the 
                United States to join in support of this national 
                observance and to display the flag of the United States 
                on Loyalty Day.

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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                first day of May, 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. E9-10559
Filed 5-4-09; 12:00 pm]
Billing code 3195-W9-P