[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 195 (Tuesday, October 11, 2005)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 59205-59208]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-20485]

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Part V

The President


Proclamation 7940--German-American Day, 2005

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 11, 2005 / 
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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 7940 of October 6, 2005

German-American Day, 2005

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                German Americans have played an important role in 
                establishing America as a land where liberty is 
                protected for all of its citizens. Each year on German-
                American Day, we celebrate the contributions the 
                millions of Americans of German descent have made to 
                our great Nation.

                Among the early German immigrants, many saw America as 
                a beacon of religious freedom and an opportunity for an 
                improved standard of living. German immigrants helped 
                pioneer the first American colony at Jamestown. 
                Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg served as the first 
                Speaker of the House of Representatives; in this role, 
                he certified the final version of the Bill of Rights.

                Throughout our country's history, men and women of 
                German descent have worn the uniform of the United 
                States military to defend our country's freedom. Among 
                these were Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief 
                of the United States Pacific Fleet during World War II, 
                and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who went on to become 
                one of America's Presidents of German ancestry. Today, 
                German-American troops continue to serve proudly in our 
                Nation's Armed Forces.

                German Americans have enriched many other aspects of 
                American life. Albert Einstein's advancements in the 
                field of physics help define our understanding of the 
                universe. Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as 
                Dr. Seuss, has captivated the imaginations of children 
                for generations with his timeless classics. Baseball 
                great Lou Gehrig's courage on and off the field 
                continues to inspire the American spirit more than 60 
                years after his death.

                On German-American Day, we also honor the important 
                friendship between the United States and Germany. Our 
                nations share beliefs in human rights and dignity, and 
                on this day, I join all Americans in celebrating the 
                bonds that tie our two nations and in reaffirming the 
                importance of our continuing friendship.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, 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 October 6, 2005, as German-
                American Day. I encourage all Americans to celebrate 
                the many contributions German Americans have made to 
                our Nation's liberty and prosperity.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand five, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

                    (Presidential Sig.)B

[FR Doc. 05-20485
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