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

PROCLAMATION 8570--SEPT. 27, 2010

Proclamation 8570 of September 27, 2010
Family Day, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Committed families shape and guide our children, preparing them for
every obstacle they may encounter and encouraging them to overcome
life's most demanding challenges. Today, our young people are exposed to
negative influences that can lead to dangerous decisions, such as
abusing drugs and alcohol. When parents, loved ones, and mentors take
the time to educate youth about the risks they face, they can change
attitudes and reduce the likelihood their loved ones will use alcohol
and illicit drugs. On Family Day, we honor the devotion of parents and
family members, and recognize their critical role in teaching our young
people positive and healthy behaviors.
Parents across America balance demanding responsibilities at work with
family needs, including valuable time spent with their children.
America's youth encounter difficult choices in their daily lives, and we
must be there for them as they strive to succeed in school and resist
pressures to use dangerous substances that can affect their health and
limit their potential. Concerned and active parents and guardians play a
critical role in keeping our children drug-free, and they can
demonstrate by example how to lead a healthy and drug-free life. I
encourage all Americans to visit www.TheAntiDrug.com for information and
resources to talk with children and warn them against the perils of drug
Simple daily activities such as sharing a meal, a conversation, or a
book can have an enormous impact on the life of a child. Strong and
engaged families help build a strong America, and it is our
responsibility as concerned family members to discuss the dangers of
substance abuse. On this Family Day, let us recommit to creating a solid
foundation for the future health and happiness of all our Nation's
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 September 27, 2010, as
Family Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join together
in observing this day by spending time with your families, and by
engaging in appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor and
strengthen our Nation's families.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day
of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-