Friday, September 11, 2009

National Day of Service and Remembrance

Yesterday President Barack Obama proclaimed September 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance as per Public Law 111-13 ("Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act"). This morning he spoke at a Pentagon wreath-laying ceremony honoring armed forces members killed on September 11, 2001:

"Let us renew the true spirit of that day. Not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. Not the desire to destroy, but the impulse to save, and to serve, and to build. On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America -- to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world."

Proclamations are preserved as official Presidential documents. You can find transcripts of these statements for 1945-present in print in the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States.

You can also find Presidential documents for the years 1991-present available online via GPO Access.

Older Presidential proclamations can be found in a variety of sources. Our librarians will gladly help you find anything you need!

1 comment :

Shana Higgins said...

A lovely phrase, "that ordinary goodness of America."