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Bringing to a close one of the most painful chapters in our country’s history, the Amendment ushered in a new birth of freedom. Today, we celebrate it for the protections it restored and the lives it liberated, and in honor of the millions of slaves who endured brutal violence and daily indignities, we rededicate ourselves to the proposition manifested in its ratification. This Amendment to the Constitution came not only at the culmination of years of Civil War, but also as a result of courageous individuals advocating and agitating for an America in which slavery was no longer an institution of society. President Lincoln gave his last full measure of devotion to the cause he would not live to see codified. He knew the basic rights he sought for slaves could only be secured by a whole and unified Government, and he pursued reconciliation while remaining fierce in his conviction. Volunteers along the Underground Railroad aided slaves seeking freedom, providing safety and comfort in the midst of deep anguish. And soldiers who fought, sometimes against their own sisters and brothers, did so for both the preservation of our Union and liberty itself. The 13th Amendment was the product of generations of men and women who, through centuries of bloodshed and systemic oppression, stayed true to their belief in what America could be and kept marching toward justice. The courage to change that sustained the abolitionist movement carried forth in a long line of heroes who followed—individuals who loved our country profoundly and answered the patriotic call to push it to expand the boundaries of freedom. From ordinary women stepping into an extraordinary role, bravely fighting for their right to participate in our democracy, to a coalition of conscience that marched on our Nation’s Capital and protested for equality, the last century and a half has been defined by those who stood resolute in keeping lit the flame that burned in the hearts of all those determined to secure what they knew to be their God-given rights. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with D0 Today, we continue the long journey toward an America and a world where liberty and equality are not reserved for some, but extended to all. Across the globe, including right here at home, millions of men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. We remain committed to abolishing slavery in all its forms and draw strength from the courage and resolve of generations past. One hundred and fifty years after the 13th Amendment’s ratification, the United States endures, and though the scourge of slavery is a stain on our history, we remain a people not trapped by the mistakes of our past, but one that can look at our imperfections with humility and decide it is within our power to remake our Nation to more closely align with our highest ideals. On this historic occasion, let us pay tribute to those who suffered for too long and to those who risked everything to make this VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Dec 08, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\09DED0.SGM 09DED0 76626 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 236 / Wednesday, December 9, 2015 / Presidential Documents country better. With unyielding determination to stand on their shoulders and reach for an even freer and more equal tomorrow, we can honor them with the recognition and respect worthy of their extraordinary contributions to our country. 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 December 6, 2015, as the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate the 13th Amendment. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. [FR Doc. 2015–31221 Filed 12–8–15; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Dec 08, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\09DED0.SGM 09DED0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with D0 Billing code 3295–F6–P

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 236 (Wednesday, December 9, 2015)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 76623-76626]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-31221]



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Vol. 80

Wednesday,

No. 236

December 9, 2015

Part II





The President





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Proclamation 9378--150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment



Proclamation 9379--National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2015


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 80 , No. 236 / Wednesday, December 9, 2015 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9378 of December 4, 2015

                
150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                On December 6, 1865, a coalition comprising three-
                quarters of our Nation's States ratified the 13th 
                Amendment to our Constitution, abolishing slavery in 
                the United States and affirming the truth that no union 
                founded on the principles of liberty and equality could 
                survive half-slave and half-free. Bringing to a close 
                one of the most painful chapters in our country's 
                history, the Amendment ushered in a new birth of 
                freedom. Today, we celebrate it for the protections it 
                restored and the lives it liberated, and in honor of 
                the millions of slaves who endured brutal violence and 
                daily indignities, we rededicate ourselves to the 
                proposition manifested in its ratification.

                This Amendment to the Constitution came not only at the 
                culmination of years of Civil War, but also as a result 
                of courageous individuals advocating and agitating for 
                an America in which slavery was no longer an 
                institution of society. President Lincoln gave his last 
                full measure of devotion to the cause he would not live 
                to see codified. He knew the basic rights he sought for 
                slaves could only be secured by a whole and unified 
                Government, and he pursued reconciliation while 
                remaining fierce in his conviction. Volunteers along 
                the Underground Railroad aided slaves seeking freedom, 
                providing safety and comfort in the midst of deep 
                anguish. And soldiers who fought, sometimes against 
                their own sisters and brothers, did so for both the 
                preservation of our Union and liberty itself. The 13th 
                Amendment was the product of generations of men and 
                women who, through centuries of bloodshed and systemic 
                oppression, stayed true to their belief in what America 
                could be and kept marching toward justice.

                The courage to change that sustained the abolitionist 
                movement carried forth in a long line of heroes who 
                followed--individuals who loved our country profoundly 
                and answered the patriotic call to push it to expand 
                the boundaries of freedom. From ordinary women stepping 
                into an extraordinary role, bravely fighting for their 
                right to participate in our democracy, to a coalition 
                of conscience that marched on our Nation's Capital and 
                protested for equality, the last century and a half has 
                been defined by those who stood resolute in keeping lit 
                the flame that burned in the hearts of all those 
                determined to secure what they knew to be their God-
                given rights.

                Today, we continue the long journey toward an America 
                and a world where liberty and equality are not reserved 
                for some, but extended to all. Across the globe, 
                including right here at home, millions of men, women, 
                and children are victims of human trafficking and 
                modern-day slavery. We remain committed to abolishing 
                slavery in all its forms and draw strength from the 
                courage and resolve of generations past.

                One hundred and fifty years after the 13th Amendment's 
                ratification, the United States endures, and though the 
                scourge of slavery is a stain on our history, we remain 
                a people not trapped by the mistakes of our past, but 
                one that can look at our imperfections with humility 
                and decide it is within our power to remake our Nation 
                to more closely align with our highest ideals. On this 
                historic occasion, let us pay tribute to those who 
                suffered for too long and to those who risked 
                everything to make this

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                country better. With unyielding determination to stand 
                on their shoulders and reach for an even freer and more 
                equal tomorrow, we can honor them with the recognition 
                and respect worthy of their extraordinary contributions 
                to our country.

                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 December 6, 2015, as 
                the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment. I call 
                upon the people of the United States to observe this 
                day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and 
                activities that celebrate the 13th Amendment.

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

[FR Doc. 2015-31221
Filed 12-8-15; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F6-P