[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

 
PROCLAMATION 8498--APR. 16, 2010

Proclamation 8498 of April 16, 2010
National Park Week, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

As a Nation, we have a responsibility to protect America's natural
resources and noteworthy landmarks. During National Park Week, we
celebrate the diversity, beauty, and history found in our National Park
System.
For nearly 100 years, the American people have entrusted the National
Park Service (NPS) to care for the places that fuel our spirit and
define our character. By safeguarding our Nation's historical parks,
sites, and monuments, NPS in turn preserves our rich culture and
heritage. From the first glimpses of hope at the Statue of Liberty to
the harrowing Battle of Gettysburg and the quest for freedom on the
Underground Railroad, countless American stories are enshrined in these
sites. By vis-

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iting them, we can reflect on our shared history and vision for the
future.
Our National Park System also includes millions of acres that support
educational and recreational opportunities for all Americans. Every day,
NPS employees and volunteers dedicate their time and energy to upholding
the beauty and integrity of these lands for future generations. Only by
conserving our natural treasures--from the verdant forests of the Great
Smoky Mountains to the geysers of Yellowstone and the granite walls of
Yosemite--can we share their wonder with our children and grandchildren.
Our national parks provide safe and affordable opportunities for
families and communities to reconnect with nature and have fun together.
Our Nation's historical parks, sites, and monuments also enhance quality
of life and bolster community vitality in many of America's urban areas.
In the spirit of Let's Move, the First Lady's nationwide campaign to
tackle childhood obesity, I encourage all Americans to visit our
national parks and take part in outdoor activities.
While most national parks are free throughout the year, none will charge
admission during National Park Week, ensuring these treasures are open
and accessible to all. As we acknowledge the wealth of our National Park
System, let us also recommit to responsible stewardship that will
sustain our parks for generations to come.
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 April 17 through April
25, 2010, as National Park Week. I encourage all Americans to visit
their national parks and be reminded of these unique blessings that we
share as a Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of
April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
BARACK OBAMA