Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2009, 21241-21242 [E9-10710]

Download as PDF 21241 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 86 Wednesday, May 6, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8369 of May 1, 2009 The President Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The vast diversity of languages, religions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continues to strengthen the fabric of American society. From the arrival of the first Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants 150 years ago to those who arrive today, as well as those native to the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island territories, all possess the common purpose of the fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound by the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements that define our history. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have endured and overcome hardship and heartache. In the earliest years, tens of thousands of Gold Rush pioneers, coal miners, transcontinental railroad builders, as well as farm and orchard laborers, were subject to unjust working conditions, prejudice, and discrimination——yet they excelled. Even in the darkness of the Exclusion Act and Japanese internment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered, providing for their families and creating opportunities for their children. Amidst these struggles, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed in great and significant ways to all aspects of society. They have created works of literature and art, thrived as American athletes, and prospered in the world of academia. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played a vital role in our Nation’s economic and technological growth by establishing successful enterprises and pushing the limits of science. They are serving in positions of leadership within the government more now than ever before. And along with all of our great service men and women, they have defended the United States from threats at home and abroad, serving our Nation with valor. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with MISCELLANEOUS From the beaches of the Pacific islands and the California coast, the grasslands of Central Asia and the bluegrass of Kentucky, and from the summits of the Himalayas and the Rocky Mountains, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community hails from near and far. This is the story of our more perfect union: that it is diversity itself that enriches, and is fundamental to, the American story. VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:41 May 05, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06MYD0.SGM 06MYD0 21242 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 86 / Wednesday, May 6, 2009 / Presidential Documents NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2009, as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. 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. E9–10710 Filed 5–5–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:41 May 05, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06MYD0.SGM 06MYD0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with MISCELLANEOUS Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 86 (Wednesday, May 6, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 21241-21242]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-10710]



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Proclamation 8369--Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 
2009



Proclamation 8370--National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2009


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 86 / Wednesday, May 6, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8369 of May 1, 2009

                
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage 
                Month, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                The vast diversity of languages, religions, and 
                cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific 
                Islanders continues to strengthen the fabric of 
                American society. From the arrival of the first Asian 
                American and Pacific Islander immigrants 150 years ago 
                to those who arrive today, as well as those native to 
                the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island 
                territories, all possess the common purpose of the 
                fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound 
                by the American ideals of life, liberty, and the 
                pursuit of happiness.

                During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage 
                Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the 
                achievements that define our history.

                Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have endured and 
                overcome hardship and heartache. In the earliest years, 
                tens of thousands of Gold Rush pioneers, coal miners, 
                transcontinental railroad builders, as well as farm and 
                orchard laborers, were subject to unjust working 
                conditions, prejudice, and discrimination----yet they 
                excelled. Even in the darkness of the Exclusion Act and 
                Japanese internment, Asian Americans and Pacific 
                Islanders have persevered, providing for their families 
                and creating opportunities for their children.

                Amidst these struggles, Asian Americans and Pacific 
                Islanders have contributed in great and significant 
                ways to all aspects of society. They have created works 
                of literature and art, thrived as American athletes, 
                and prospered in the world of academia. Asian Americans 
                and Pacific Islanders have played a vital role in our 
                Nation's economic and technological growth by 
                establishing successful enterprises and pushing the 
                limits of science. They are serving in positions of 
                leadership within the government more now than ever 
                before. And along with all of our great service men and 
                women, they have defended the United States from 
                threats at home and abroad, serving our Nation with 
                valor.

                From the beaches of the Pacific islands and the 
                California coast, the grasslands of Central Asia and 
                the bluegrass of Kentucky, and from the summits of the 
                Himalayas and the Rocky Mountains, the Asian American 
                and Pacific Islander community hails from near and far. 
                This is the story of our more perfect union: that it is 
                diversity itself that enriches, and is fundamental to, 
                the American story.

[[Page 21242]]

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim May 2009, as Asian 
                American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call 
                upon the people of the United States to learn more 
                about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific 
                Islanders and to observe this month with appropriate 
                programs and activities.

                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. E9-10710
Filed 5-5-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P