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Download as PDF Vol. 80 Monday, No. 244 December 21, 2015 Part III The President tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D0 Proclamation 9382—Wright Brothers Day, 2015 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\21DED0.SGM 21DED0 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D0 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\21DED0.SGM 21DED0 79457 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 244 Monday, December 21, 2015 Title 3— Proclamation 9382 of December 16, 2015 The President Wright Brothers Day, 2015 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The prospect of human flight captured the world’s imagination for centuries. From the ancient Greeks who marveled at the story of Icarus soaring through the sky, to Leonardo da Vinci who sketched designs of manned mechanical gliders, humanity’s unyielding push skyward speaks to our resolve to transcend limits and redefine what is possible. On December 17, 1903, two American brothers reached a milestone in this age-old pursuit by, after years of planning and research, successfully launching the world’s first flight of a powered airplane. On Wright Brothers Day, our Nation commemorates this achievement and celebrates the spirit of innovation that drives American inventors, entrepreneurs, and scientists by reaffirming our support for them in their goals to push the boundaries of human capability. Our country’s founding ideals of freedom of thought and expression are not only necessary for upholding the inherent dignity and respect of every individual, but they are also fundamental ingredients for fostering scientific discovery. These values compelled the Pilgrims to set out and seek new lives and prompted revolutionaries to forge a new Nation. The great thinkers and innovators that have always moved America forward have done so by challenging convention, sharing ideas, and reimagining the future through new inventions and beliefs. Before the 19th century, few thought human flight was an endeavor worth investigating. But in the decades leading up to the 20th century, a handful of devoted dreamers began conducting aeronautical research that eventually fell on the ears of two enthusiastic bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio, who would push past what others deemed impossible and take to the sky, spark a new and lasting industry, and change the course of history. Wilbur and Orville Wright spent their childhood tinkering and building, their passions fueled by their mother, Susan, who shared these interests and had considerable mechanical skills. The brothers opened a bicycle shop, where they honed their understanding of the concepts of balance, control, aerodynamics, and lightweight yet sound structures—laying the foundation for their groundbreaking achievement. Years of meticulous observation, building, and experimentation culminated on one frigid, windy morning on a sandy beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the Wright brothers made their successful flight. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D0 The invention of the airplane not only contributed to our understanding of physics and engineering—it profoundly altered our world. People and goods began moving across the globe at an unprecedented pace, new industries and fields of discovery sprang to life, and advances in aviation launched a new era of possibility in which our countrymen would walk on the moon just 66 years after that first 12 second flight. Today, American entrepreneurs and scientists are continuing the legacy of the Wright brothers by making new discoveries and pushing boundaries— from the furthest reaches of our universe to the greatest mysteries of the human brain. To keep our Nation on the forefront of breakthroughs that will define the future, we must continue investing in pioneering research, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\21DED0.SGM 21DED0 79458 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 244 / Monday, December 21, 2015 / Presidential Documents innovative startups, and programs that encourage science, technology, engineering, and math education for our daughters and sons. And we must keep fostering an atmosphere in our communities and classrooms where lifetime quests for knowledge are encouraged, where glimmers of curiosity are sparked, and where the next generation of explorers and inventors are celebrated. On Wright Brothers Day, let us recommit to cultivating the insatiable hunger for advancement that takes humanity to new frontiers, and let us stand with those who never stop challenging the limits of what we know to be possible. The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963, as amended (77 Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C. 143), has designated December 17 of each year as ‘‘Wright Brothers Day’’ and has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation inviting the people of the United States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 17, 2015, as Wright Brothers Day. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth 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. 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Vol. 80

Monday,

No. 244

December 21, 2015

Part III





The President





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Proclamation 9382--Wright Brothers Day, 2015


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 80 , No. 244 / Monday, December 21, 2015 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9382 of December 16, 2015

                
Wright Brothers Day, 2015

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                The prospect of human flight captured the world's 
                imagination for centuries. From the ancient Greeks who 
                marveled at the story of Icarus soaring through the 
                sky, to Leonardo da Vinci who sketched designs of 
                manned mechanical gliders, humanity's unyielding push 
                skyward speaks to our resolve to transcend limits and 
                redefine what is possible. On December 17, 1903, two 
                American brothers reached a milestone in this age-old 
                pursuit by, after years of planning and research, 
                successfully launching the world's first flight of a 
                powered airplane. On Wright Brothers Day, our Nation 
                commemorates this achievement and celebrates the spirit 
                of innovation that drives American inventors, 
                entrepreneurs, and scientists by reaffirming our 
                support for them in their goals to push the boundaries 
                of human capability.

                Our country's founding ideals of freedom of thought and 
                expression are not only necessary for upholding the 
                inherent dignity and respect of every individual, but 
                they are also fundamental ingredients for fostering 
                scientific discovery. These values compelled the 
                Pilgrims to set out and seek new lives and prompted 
                revolutionaries to forge a new Nation. The great 
                thinkers and innovators that have always moved America 
                forward have done so by challenging convention, sharing 
                ideas, and reimagining the future through new 
                inventions and beliefs.

                Before the 19th century, few thought human flight was 
                an endeavor worth investigating. But in the decades 
                leading up to the 20th century, a handful of devoted 
                dreamers began conducting aeronautical research that 
                eventually fell on the ears of two enthusiastic bicycle 
                mechanics from Dayton, Ohio, who would push past what 
                others deemed impossible and take to the sky, spark a 
                new and lasting industry, and change the course of 
                history. Wilbur and Orville Wright spent their 
                childhood tinkering and building, their passions fueled 
                by their mother, Susan, who shared these interests and 
                had considerable mechanical skills. The brothers opened 
                a bicycle shop, where they honed their understanding of 
                the concepts of balance, control, aerodynamics, and 
                lightweight yet sound structures--laying the foundation 
                for their groundbreaking achievement. Years of 
                meticulous observation, building, and experimentation 
                culminated on one frigid, windy morning on a sandy 
                beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the Wright 
                brothers made their successful flight.

                The invention of the airplane not only contributed to 
                our understanding of physics and engineering--it 
                profoundly altered our world. People and goods began 
                moving across the globe at an unprecedented pace, new 
                industries and fields of discovery sprang to life, and 
                advances in aviation launched a new era of possibility 
                in which our countrymen would walk on the moon just 66 
                years after that first 12 second flight.

                Today, American entrepreneurs and scientists are 
                continuing the legacy of the Wright brothers by making 
                new discoveries and pushing boundaries--from the 
                furthest reaches of our universe to the greatest 
                mysteries of the human brain. To keep our Nation on the 
                forefront of breakthroughs that will define the future, 
                we must continue investing in pioneering research,

[[Page 79458]]

                innovative startups, and programs that encourage 
                science, technology, engineering, and math education 
                for our daughters and sons. And we must keep fostering 
                an atmosphere in our communities and classrooms where 
                lifetime quests for knowledge are encouraged, where 
                glimmers of curiosity are sparked, and where the next 
                generation of explorers and inventors are celebrated. 
                On Wright Brothers Day, let us recommit to cultivating 
                the insatiable hunger for advancement that takes 
                humanity to new frontiers, and let us stand with those 
                who never stop challenging the limits of what we know 
                to be possible.

                The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 
                17, 1963, as amended (77 Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C. 143), has 
                designated December 17 of each year as ``Wright 
                Brothers Day'' and has authorized and requested the 
                President to issue annually a proclamation inviting the 
                people of the United States to observe that day with 
                appropriate ceremonies and activities.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 
                17, 2015, as Wright Brothers Day.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                sixteenth 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.)

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