Columbus Day, 2016, 70915-70916 [2016-24996]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 198 / Thursday, October 13, 2016 / Presidential Documents 70915 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9520 of October 7, 2016 Columbus Day, 2016 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation In October of 1492, Christopher Columbus completed the first of his expeditions that would land him on the shores of North America. Sponsored by Isabella I and Ferdinand II, Columbus embarked on a 10-week voyage he had hoped would lead to Asia. But when his ships instead landed in the Bahamas, a new story began to unfold. The spirit of exploration that Columbus embodied was sustained by all who would follow him westward, driving a desire to continue expanding our understanding of the world. Though Columbus departed from the coast of Spain, his roots traced back to his birthplace of Genoa, Italy. Blazing a trail for generations of Italian explorers and Italian Americans to eventually seek the promise of the New World, his voyage churned the gears of history. The bonds between Italy and the United States could not be closer than they are today—a reflection of the extraordinary contributions made by both our peoples in our common efforts to shape a better future. Across our Nation, Italian Americans continue to enrich our country’s traditions and culture. As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers. The past we share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as violence, deprivation, and disease. It is a history that we must recognize as we seek to build a brighter future—side by side and with cooperation and mutual respect. We have made great progress together in recent years, and we will keep striving to maintain strong nation-to-nation relationships, strengthen tribal sovereignty, and help all our communities thrive. More than five centuries ago, one journey changed the trajectory of our world—and today we recognize the spirit that Christopher Columbus’s legacy inspired. As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights, let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D3 In commemoration of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage 524 years ago, the Congress, by joint resolution of April 30, 1934, and modified in 1968 (36 U.S.C. 107), as amended, has requested the President proclaim the second Monday of October of each year as ‘‘Columbus Day.’’ NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 10, 2016, as Columbus Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse history and all who have contributed to shaping this Nation. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Oct 12, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\13OCD3.SGM 13OCD3 70916 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 198 / Thursday, October 13, 2016 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first. [FR Doc. 2016–24996 Filed 10–12–16; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Oct 12, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\13OCD3.SGM 13OCD3 OB#1.EPS</GPH> asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D3 Billing code 3295–F7–P

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 198 (Thursday, October 13, 2016)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 70915-70916]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-24996]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 81 , No. 198 / Thursday, October 13, 2016 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9520 of October 7, 2016

                
Columbus Day, 2016

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                In October of 1492, Christopher Columbus completed the 
                first of his expeditions that would land him on the 
                shores of North America. Sponsored by Isabella I and 
                Ferdinand II, Columbus embarked on a 10-week voyage he 
                had hoped would lead to Asia. But when his ships 
                instead landed in the Bahamas, a new story began to 
                unfold. The spirit of exploration that Columbus 
                embodied was sustained by all who would follow him 
                westward, driving a desire to continue expanding our 
                understanding of the world.

                Though Columbus departed from the coast of Spain, his 
                roots traced back to his birthplace of Genoa, Italy. 
                Blazing a trail for generations of Italian explorers 
                and Italian Americans to eventually seek the promise of 
                the New World, his voyage churned the gears of history. 
                The bonds between Italy and the United States could not 
                be closer than they are today--a reflection of the 
                extraordinary contributions made by both our peoples in 
                our common efforts to shape a better future. Across our 
                Nation, Italian Americans continue to enrich our 
                country's traditions and culture.

                As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge 
                the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of 
                Native Americans who had long resided on this land 
                prior to the arrival of European newcomers. The past we 
                share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as 
                violence, deprivation, and disease. It is a history 
                that we must recognize as we seek to build a brighter 
                future--side by side and with cooperation and mutual 
                respect. We have made great progress together in recent 
                years, and we will keep striving to maintain strong 
                nation-to-nation relationships, strengthen tribal 
                sovereignty, and help all our communities thrive.

                More than five centuries ago, one journey changed the 
                trajectory of our world--and today we recognize the 
                spirit that Christopher Columbus's legacy inspired. As 
                we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who 
                charted new courses and sought new heights, let us 
                remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay 
                tribute to our heritage and embrace the 
                multiculturalism that defines the American experience.

                In commemoration of Christopher Columbus's historic 
                voyage 524 years ago, the Congress, by joint resolution 
                of April 30, 1934, and modified in 1968 (36 U.S.C. 
                107), as amended, has requested the President proclaim 
                the second Monday of October of each year as ``Columbus 
                Day.''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 
                10, 2016, as Columbus Day. I call upon the people of 
                the United States to observe this day with appropriate 
                ceremonies and activities. I also direct that the flag 
                of the United States be displayed on all public 
                buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse 
                history and all who have contributed to shaping this 
                Nation.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and forty-first.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2016-24996
Filed 10-12-16; 11:15 am]
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