Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2009, 25383-25384 [E9-12509]

Download as PDF 25383 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 100 Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8385 of May 22, 2009 The President Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation For over two centuries, Americans have defended our Nation’s security and protected our founding principles of democracy and equal justice under law. On Memorial Day, we honor those who have paid the ultimate price in defense of these freedoms. Members of the United States Armed Forces have placed our Nation’s safety before their own for generations. From the first shots fired at Lexington and Concord to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these brave patriots have taken on great risks to keep us safe, and they have served with honor and distinction. All Americans who have enjoyed the blessings of peace and liberty remain in their debt. As we remember the selfless service of our fallen heroes, we pray for God’s grace upon them. We also pray for all of our military personnel and veterans, their families, and all those who have lost loved ones in the defense of our freedom and safety. Today, as we commend their deeds, we also bear a heavy burden of responsibility to ensure that their sacrifices will not have been in vain. This means that, as we uphold the ideals for which many have given their last full measure of devotion, the United States must never waver in its determination to defend itself, to be faithful in protecting liberty at home and abroad, and to pursue peace in the world. erowe on PROD1PC63 with MISCELLANEOUS In respect for their dedication and service to America, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved on May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106–579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. I urge the press, radio, television, websites, and all other media to participate in these observances. I also request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States, and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:16 May 26, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\27MYD0.SGM 27MYD0 25384 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 27, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second 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. E9–12509 Filed 5–26–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:16 May 26, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\27MYD0.SGM 27MYD0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> erowe on PROD1PC63 with MISCELLANEOUS Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 100 (Wednesday, May 27, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 25383-25384]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-12509]



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The President





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Proclamation 8385--Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2009


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 100 / Wednesday, May 27, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8385 of May 22, 2009

                
Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                 For over two centuries, Americans have defended our 
                Nation's security and protected our founding principles 
                of democracy and equal justice under law. On Memorial 
                Day, we honor those who have paid the ultimate price in 
                defense of these freedoms.

                 Members of the United States Armed Forces have placed 
                our Nation's safety before their own for generations. 
                From the first shots fired at Lexington and Concord to 
                the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these 
                brave patriots have taken on great risks to keep us 
                safe, and they have served with honor and distinction. 
                All Americans who have enjoyed the blessings of peace 
                and liberty remain in their debt.

                 As we remember the selfless service of our fallen 
                heroes, we pray for God's grace upon them. We also pray 
                for all of our military personnel and veterans, their 
                families, and all those who have lost loved ones in the 
                defense of our freedom and safety.

                 Today, as we commend their deeds, we also bear a heavy 
                burden of responsibility to ensure that their 
                sacrifices will not have been in vain. This means that, 
                as we uphold the ideals for which many have given their 
                last full measure of devotion, the United States must 
                never waver in its determination to defend itself, to 
                be faithful in protecting liberty at home and abroad, 
                and to pursue peace in the world.

                 In respect for their dedication and service to 
                America, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved 
                on May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has 
                requested the President to issue a proclamation calling 
                on the people of the United States to observe each 
                Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and 
                designating a period on that day when the people of the 
                United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by 
                Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local 
                time on that day as a time for all Americans to 
                observe, in their own way, the National Moment of 
                Remembrance.

                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial 
                Day, May 25, 2009, as a day of prayer for permanent 
                peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each 
                locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite 
                in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the 
                National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. 
                local time on Memorial Day. I urge the press, radio, 
                television, websites, and all other media to 
                participate in these observances. I also request the 
                Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of 
                Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units 
                of government, to direct that the flag be flown at 
                half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all 
                buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the 
                United States, and in all areas under its jurisdiction 
                and control. I also request the people of the United 
                States to display the flag at half-staff from their 
                homes for the customary forenoon period.

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                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-second 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. E9-12509
Filed 5-26-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P