Armed Forces Day, 2009, 23603-23604 [E9-11834]

Download as PDF 23603 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 95 Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8380 of May 14, 2009 The President Armed Forces Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On Armed Forces Day, 1961, President Kennedy connected civic engagement and our Nation’s security. He stated, ‘‘the strength of our armed forces rests not alone upon their active and reserve members, our industrial productivity, and our human resources, but also upon the understanding and support of an informed American people.’’ Based on this perspective, I call upon all Americans to learn more about, and express gratitude for, the heroic efforts of our men and women in uniform. Today, the United States military serves across the world to keep us safe. They are working here at home to protect America from threats foreign and domestic; they are risking their lives in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan; and they are also serving bravely in many other parts of the world to ensure our security and provide humanitarian assistance. Members of the Armed Forces are forging a better future for our Nation and the world. As they carry out their missions, military families endure the sacrifice of their absence. Worrying about their safety, moving to new duty stations, and managing a home without a loved one, these families shoulder great burdens as they help sustain our men and women in uniform. I thank military families for their vital contributions. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen who have answered the call to service deserve recognition and gratitude. They have endured the most difficult of conditions to protect America and her highest ideals. Today, I ask all Americans to know their sacrifice and join me in humble thanks. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, continuing the precedent of my predecessors in office, do hereby proclaim the third Saturday of each May as Armed Forces Day. I direct the Secretary of Defense on behalf of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Secretary of Homeland Security on behalf of the Coast Guard, to plan for appropriate observances each year, with the Secretary of Defense responsible for soliciting the participation and cooperation of civil authorities and private citizens. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES3 I invite the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to provide for the observance of Armed Forces Day within their jurisdiction each year in an appropriate manner designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces of the United States. I also invite national and local veterans, civic and other organizations to join in the observance of Armed Forces Day each year. Finally, I call upon all Americans to display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day and urge citizens to learn more about military service by attending and participating in the local observances VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:34 May 18, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\19MYD1.SGM 19MYD1 23604 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 19, 2009 / Presidential Documents of the day. I also encourage Americans to volunteer at organizations that provide support to our troops. Proclamation 7562 of May 16, 2002, is hereby superseded. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth 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. E9–11834 Filed 5–18–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:34 May 18, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\19MYD1.SGM 19MYD1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES3 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 95 (Tuesday, May 19, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 23603-23604]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-11834]



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Part III





The President





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Proclamation 8380--Armed Forces Day, 2009


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 19, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8380 of May 14, 2009

                
Armed Forces Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                 On Armed Forces Day, 1961, President Kennedy connected 
                civic engagement and our Nation's security. He stated, 
                ``the strength of our armed forces rests not alone upon 
                their active and reserve members, our industrial 
                productivity, and our human resources, but also upon 
                the understanding and support of an informed American 
                people.'' Based on this perspective, I call upon all 
                Americans to learn more about, and express gratitude 
                for, the heroic efforts of our men and women in 
                uniform.

                 Today, the United States military serves across the 
                world to keep us safe. They are working here at home to 
                protect America from threats foreign and domestic; they 
                are risking their lives in the deserts of Iraq and the 
                mountains of Afghanistan; and they are also serving 
                bravely in many other parts of the world to ensure our 
                security and provide humanitarian assistance. Members 
                of the Armed Forces are forging a better future for our 
                Nation and the world.

                 As they carry out their missions, military families 
                endure the sacrifice of their absence. Worrying about 
                their safety, moving to new duty stations, and managing 
                a home without a loved one, these families shoulder 
                great burdens as they help sustain our men and women in 
                uniform. I thank military families for their vital 
                contributions.

                 The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and 
                Coastguardsmen who have answered the call to service 
                deserve recognition and gratitude. They have endured 
                the most difficult of conditions to protect America and 
                her highest ideals. Today, I ask all Americans to know 
                their sacrifice and join me in humble thanks.

                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, and Commander in Chief of the 
                Armed Forces of the United States, continuing the 
                precedent of my predecessors in office, do hereby 
                proclaim the third Saturday of each May as Armed Forces 
                Day.

                 I direct the Secretary of Defense on behalf of the 
                Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Secretary 
                of Homeland Security on behalf of the Coast Guard, to 
                plan for appropriate observances each year, with the 
                Secretary of Defense responsible for soliciting the 
                participation and cooperation of civil authorities and 
                private citizens.

                 I invite the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth 
                of Puerto Rico, and other areas subject to the 
                jurisdiction of the United States, to provide for the 
                observance of Armed Forces Day within their 
                jurisdiction each year in an appropriate manner 
                designed to increase public understanding and 
                appreciation of the Armed Forces of the United States.

                 I also invite national and local veterans, civic and 
                other organizations to join in the observance of Armed 
                Forces Day each year.

                 Finally, I call upon all Americans to display the flag 
                of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day 
                and urge citizens to learn more about military service 
                by attending and participating in the local observances

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                of the day. I also encourage Americans to volunteer at 
                organizations that provide support to our troops.

                 Proclamation 7562 of May 16, 2002, is hereby 
                superseded.

                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fourteenth 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. E9-11834
Filed 5-18-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P