[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 196 (Tuesday, October 12, 2004)]
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The President





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Proclamation 7827--German-American Day, 2004


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Federal Register / Vol. 69, No. 196 / Tuesday, October 12, 2004 / 
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The President

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                Proclamation 7827 of October 6, 2004

                
German-American Day, 2004

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Generations of German immigrants and their descendents 
                have helped build America and chart its course through 
                history. On German-American Day, we recognize these 
                proud citizens for their important contributions to 
                America and honor the bond between two great nations.

                German Americans have been part of America's history 
                since its earliest days, beginning with the 
                establishment of the Jamestown Colony in 1607 and the 
                arrival of German Quakers and Mennonite families in 
                1683. Many of these early settlers came to America 
                seeking religious freedom and the chance to develop a 
                community based on tolerance and respect for all 
                people. During the westward expansion of the United 
                States, many German families helped settle communities, 
                found cities, and develop the agriculture industry. 
                Over time, the core beliefs of these freedom-loving 
                individuals helped define the liberty and opportunity 
                that our country represents. Their traditions of public 
                debate and active citizenship influenced important 
                social issues such as land reform, abolition, workers' 
                rights, and women's suffrage.

                This week, our Government is breaking ground for a new 
                Embassy in historic Berlin, exemplifying America's 
                support of a unified Germany. Sharing a common 
                commitment to freedom, peace, and prosperity, the 
                citizens of Germany and America can build a better 
                future for the benefit of all nations.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim October 6, 2004, as German-
                American Day, and I encourage all Americans to 
                recognize the contributions of our citizens of German 
                descent.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand four, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.

                    (Presidential Sig.)B

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