Captive Nations Week, 2009, 36393-36394 [E9-17665]

Download as PDF 36393 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 139 Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8396 of July 17, 2009 The President Captive Nations Week, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower issued a call of solidarity to peoples across the world living under communist rule. This first Captive Nations Week Proclamation expressed concern that too many people lacked fundamental freedoms, and it affirmed that the people of the United States stood alongside those who yearned to be free. Since this declaration, more nations have chosen the path of self-determination and respect for basic human rights. Brave American men and women have contributed to this story, making great sacrifices while serving in our Armed Forces or working in Government, private industry, and other organizations. The Cold War is now consigned to the history books, but the ideals that President Eisenhower proclaimed remain vibrant and inspiring today. Just as in years past, people still hope to have the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams. People, young and old, still yearn to speak their minds. Citizens still believe governments have an obligation to be honest and transparent, uphold the rule of law, and allow civic participation. We regard these universal principles as guiding values, and we stand in solidarity with those who aspire to live by them—not only because it is right, but also because our Nation’s fate is connected to that of other nations. In an interdependent world, instability, disease, and hardship abroad affect us here at home. Governments that are responsive to the concerns of their citizens can better tackle these challenges and contribute to a more secure, healthy, and prosperous world. Nations must advance these values through example. At home and abroad, the United States strives to honor the principles enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents. The challenges of a new century require us to summon the full range of human talents to move all nations forward. The United States stands with all governments and peoples committed to unlocking the potential of their people, and to peace, the rule of law, and respect for all citizens. The Congress, by Joint Resolution, approved July 17, 1959 (73 Stat. 212), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of July of each year as ‘‘Captive Nations Week.’’ jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with FRD0 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 19 through July 25, 2009, as Captive Nations Week. I call upon the people of the United States to reaffirm our commitment to all those seeking dignity, freedom, and justice. VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:24 Jul 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JYD0.SGM 22JYD0 36394 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 22, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. E9–17665 Filed 7–21–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:24 Jul 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JYD0.SGM 22JYD0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with FRD0 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 139 (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
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Proclamation 8396--Captive Nations Week, 2009


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Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 139 / Wednesday, July 22, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8396 of July 17, 2009

                
Captive Nations Week, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower issued a call of 
                solidarity to peoples across the world living under 
                communist rule. This first Captive Nations Week 
                Proclamation expressed concern that too many people 
                lacked fundamental freedoms, and it affirmed that the 
                people of the United States stood alongside those who 
                yearned to be free. Since this declaration, more 
                nations have chosen the path of self-determination and 
                respect for basic human rights. Brave American men and 
                women have contributed to this story, making great 
                sacrifices while serving in our Armed Forces or working 
                in Government, private industry, and other 
                organizations.

                The Cold War is now consigned to the history books, but 
                the ideals that President Eisenhower proclaimed remain 
                vibrant and inspiring today. Just as in years past, 
                people still hope to have the freedom and opportunity 
                to pursue their dreams. People, young and old, still 
                yearn to speak their minds. Citizens still believe 
                governments have an obligation to be honest and 
                transparent, uphold the rule of law, and allow civic 
                participation.

                We regard these universal principles as guiding values, 
                and we stand in solidarity with those who aspire to 
                live by them--not only because it is right, but also 
                because our Nation's fate is connected to that of other 
                nations. In an interdependent world, instability, 
                disease, and hardship abroad affect us here at home. 
                Governments that are responsive to the concerns of 
                their citizens can better tackle these challenges and 
                contribute to a more secure, healthy, and prosperous 
                world.

                Nations must advance these values through example. At 
                home and abroad, the United States strives to honor the 
                principles enshrined in our Nation's founding 
                documents.

                The challenges of a new century require us to summon 
                the full range of human talents to move all nations 
                forward. The United States stands with all governments 
                and peoples committed to unlocking the potential of 
                their people, and to peace, the rule of law, and 
                respect for all citizens.

                The Congress, by Joint Resolution, approved July 17, 
                1959 (73 Stat. 212), has authorized and requested the 
                President to issue a proclamation designating the third 
                week of July of each year as ``Captive Nations Week.''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 19 
                through July 25, 2009, as Captive Nations Week. I call 
                upon the people of the United States to reaffirm our 
                commitment to all those seeking dignity, freedom, and 
                justice.

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

[FR Doc. E9-17665
Filed 7-21-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W9-P