[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 194 (Tuesday, October 9, 2007)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 57481-57482]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 07-5008]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 194 / Tuesday, October 9, 2007 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8187 of October 4, 2007

Leif Erikson Day, 2007

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                On Leif Erikson Day, we commemorate the enduring legacy 
                of a brave explorer and honor the significant 
                contributions of Nordic Americans who continue to 
                enrich our culture and our way of life.

                Leif Erikson, a son of Iceland and grandson of Norway, 
                led a determined crew across the Atlantic more than 
                1,000 years ago and became one of the first Europeans 
                known to reach North America. The courage of these 
                pioneers helped open the world to new exploration and 
                important discoveries. Today, Nordic Americans help 
                strengthen our country, and their determination and 
                optimism make America a more hopeful land. Our Nation 
                continues to benefit from strong ties with Denmark, 
                Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, and we are 
                grateful for their continued friendship.

                To honor Leif Erikson and to celebrate our citizens of 
                Nordic-American heritage, the Congress, by joint 
                resolution (Public Law 88-566) approved on September 2, 
                1964, has authorized the President to proclaim October 
                9 of each year as ``Leif Erikson Day.''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 9, 
                2007, as Leif Erikson Day. I call upon all Americans to 
                observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, 
                activities, and programs to honor our rich Nordic-
                American heritage.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fourth day of October, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-second. 
                    (Presidential Sig.)

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