[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 8, 1997)]
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Part III

The President


Proclamation 7034--German-American Day, 1997

Presidential Determination 97-35 of September 26, 1997--Presidential 
Determination on Classsified Information Concerning the Air Force's 
Operating Location Near Groom Lake, NV

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 7034 of October 6, 1997

German-American Day, 1997

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                America has always drawn its strength from the millions 
                of people who have come here in search of freedom and 
                the opportunity to live out their dreams. Men and women 
                of different nationalities, different races, and 
                different religions have made their own rich and unique 
                contributions to our national life.

                From their arrival at Jamestown in 1607 until the 
                present day, Germans have been among the largest ethnic 
                groups to make their home in our country. Like so many 
                others, the earliest German settlements in America were 
                founded by men and women in search of religious 
                liberty. William Penn invited a group of German 
                Mennonites to Pennsylvania, which was to remain a 
                center of German settlement during the Colonial period. 
                Other German communities were founded in New Jersey and 
                New York, as well as in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, 
                the Carolinas, and Georgia. In the 19th century, German 
                pioneers began to settle in the Midwest and West, and 
                today a quarter of our Nation's population can trace 
                its ancestry to German origins.

                Germans and German Americans have profoundly influenced 
                every facet of American life. Great soldiers, such as 
                General Baron von Steuben in our Revolutionary War and 
                General Norman Schwarzkopf in the Gulf War, have fought 
                to preserve our freedom and defend America's interests. 
                Scientists such as Albert Einstein and Wernher von 
                Braun have immeasurably broadened our horizons, as have 
                artists like Albert Bierstadt, Josef Albers, Ernestine 
                Schumann-Heink, Lillian Blauvelt, and Paul Hindemith. 
                And generations of German Americans, with their energy, 
                creativity, and strong work ethic, have enriched the 
                economic and commercial life of the United States. All 
                Americans have benefited greatly from the labor, 
                leadership, talents, and vision of Germans and German 
                Americans, and it is fitting that we set aside this 
                special day to acknowledge their many contributions to 
                our liberty, culture, and democracy.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, 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 Monday, October 6, 1997, as 
                German-American Day. I encourage all Americans to 
                recognize and celebrate the many gifts that millions of 
                people of German ancestry have brought to our national 

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen 
                hundred and ninety-seven, and of the Independence of 
                the United States of America the two hundred and 

                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 97-26989
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