National Child's Day, 2001
By the President of the United States of America
Our children, who are today dreaming big dreams and who are filled with hope,
will someday serve as leaders in government, industry, education, and the arts.
For the good of our country and its continued progress and advancement, we must
strive to give all young Americans the best possible start in life.
Falling between Mother's Day and Father's Day, Child's Day is celebrated this
year on June 3, the first Sunday of the month. This special occasion gives us a
unique opportunity to remember the joys and wonder of our own childhood and to
reflect on how positive and healthy experiences in one's early years
significantly influence later achievements and happiness.
All adults must work together to ensure the safety and well-being of our
Nation's most precious resource, our children. Every youngster deserves to live
in a safe, permanent, and caring family; but, unfortunately, this is not always
the case. Government cannot make people love one another, but it can and must
cultivate a climate that helps families, as well as the individuals and groups
that support them.
Our Nation must reaffirm its commitment to loving and caring for our
children. We must improve the safety of schools and neighborhoods and mobilize
faith-based and community groups to fight poverty and addiction. Because many
youngsters now grow up in single-parent homes, we must promote responsible
fatherhood, in all its aspects, including spiritual leadership, emotional
security, and financial support. We must also help families in crisis, protect
children from abuse and neglect, and encourage adoption for children who must be
removed from their biological parents.
Our responsibility to our young people, however, extends beyond just their
physical and emotional well-being. We must also provide them with a quality
education, so that no child is left behind in our fast-paced global economy.
Adults should also encourage youngsters to always set high goals, make right
choices, and stay involved in their communities. By doing so, boys and girls can
pursue lives of meaning and fulfillment as contributing members of society.
Every child in every neighborhood has unique gifts to offer. We must nurture
our children's dreams, help them develop their talents and abilities, and ensure
their healthy development so that they may reach their full potential. Our
success in this vital endeavor will affect the direction of their lives and the
future strength and vitality of our Nation.
In recognition of the importance of our Nation's children, the Senate,
by Senate Resolution 90 approved May 25, 2001, has designated June 3, 2001, as
"National Child's Day" and has requested that the President issue a Proclamation
calling for appropriate ceremonies and activities.
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 June 3, 2001, as National Child's Day. I
encourage all Americans to share in the mission of preparing our young people
for life's challenges and opportunities. By reading to youngsters, listening to
their cares and concerns, and providing them with safe and loving homes, we can
make a positive and lasting contribution to their health, happiness, and
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of June, in
the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty-fifth.
GEORGE W. BUSH