[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 116 (Monday, June 19, 2017)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 27963-27964]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-12900]

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Vol. 82


No. 116

June 19, 2017

Part II

The President


Proclamation 9623--Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2017

Memorandum of June 14, 2017--Effective Date in Executive Order 13780

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                Proclamation 9623 of June 14, 2017

Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2017

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                On Flag Day, we honor the symbol that reminds us that 
                we are one Nation under God, united in our pursuit of 
                liberty and justice for all. Today, we celebrate and 
                recognize June 14 as the day in 1777 when the 
                Continental Congress formally adopted the Stars and 
                Stripes as the official flag of the Republic.

                Our flag is a source of inspiration and strength to all 
                Americans. Wherever Old Glory flies, we remember the 
                six United States Marines raising the flag atop Mount 
                Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, astronauts 
                Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting it on the 
                surface of the moon, and our firefighters elevating it 
                above Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks of 
                September 11. At the White House, at our homes, 
                churches, offices, and schools, in our town squares and 
                military installations at home and abroad, our flag 
                celebrates our independence and highlights our resolve 
                to defend and protect the country and the values that 
                we hold dear.

                By honoring our flag, we pay due respect to the 
                patriots and heroes who have laid down their lives in 
                defense of the liberty it represents. As we raise the 
                flag, we stand and salute or place our hands on our 
                hearts, and we recall the fundamental truths upon which 
                this Nation was founded: that we are all created equal 
                and that just government derives its power from the 

                I am blessed to have shared my birthday with the Star 
                Spangled Banner and the U.S. Army for 71 years now. 
                Again, on Flag Day, I am deeply grateful to live under 
                the red, white, and blue, and all for which it stands.

                To commemorate the adoption of our flag, in 1949, the 
                Congress requested the President recognize, by 
                proclamation, that June 14 is ``Flag Day'' and 
                requested the American flag be displayed on all Federal 
                Government buildings. The Congress also requested, in 
                1966, that the President annually issue a proclamation 
                designating the week in which June 14 occurs as 
                ``National Flag Week'' and call upon citizens of the 
                United States to display the flag during that week.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 
                2017, as Flag Day, and this week as National Flag Week. 
                I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag 
                on all Federal Government buildings during this week, 
                and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and 
                National Flag Week by displaying the flag. I also 
                encourage the people of the United States to observe 
                with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag 
                Day through Independence Day, set aside by the Congress 
                (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to 
                celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and 
                activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of 
                Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

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

[FR Doc. 2017-12900
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