National Child's Day, 2004
By the President of the United States of America
Children are a precious gift and a source of great hope for our future.
National Child's Day celebrates children and reminds us of the importance of
nurturing a child's personal development and providing a safe environment in
which to grow.
Children need our guidance and support. During this time in America's
history, teaching our children to love our Nation and its values remains a
critical responsibility. We need to help young people understand that freedom is
God's gift to every man and woman and that America's legacy is one of ensuring
liberty for all. Our children also need to know about what other generations
have done to build and preserve this great country, including the service and
sacrifice of the men and women who have defended our Nation. To help prepare our
next generation of leaders to carry on America's tradition of freedom, my
Administration has launched the "We the People" initiative to improve the
teaching of history and civics in America's schools, along with the "Our
Documents" initiative to help make the treasures in our Nation's archives more
accessible to students and teachers.
Building a solid foundation of character education for our young people helps
to keep our country strong. We live by the immutable values that families,
schools, and religious congregations instill in us. To assist these fundamental
institutions as they shape generations of Americans, my Administration is
supporting Partnerships in Character Education, which helps establish
educational programs that focus on caring, civic virtue, citizenship, justice,
fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness. It is essential to teach
these morals with confidence and conviction, as they will guide America's
children through their lives.
Government cannot replace the love of a family in a child's life, but it can
help create an environment where children can grow into healthy, responsible
adults. My Administration has taken several steps to strengthen education and
promote the safety and well-being of America's children. I signed the No Child
Left Behind Act of 2001 to transform education and open the door of opportunity
to all of our children. We have also strengthened laws to protect children from
criminals and expanded the AMBER Alert system to help recover abducted children.
And because the decisions young people make now can affect their health and
character for the rest of their lives, my Administration is working to send
positive messages to children to help them make healthy lifestyle choices, avoid
the dangers of drug use, and to develop healthy eating and exercise habits early
On National Child's Day, we recognize the importance of working together to
create a society that is safe for our children, and we renew our commitment to
helping families build a bright future for young people and our Nation.
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 6, 2004, as National Child's Day. I urge
all Americans to set a positive example for children and to work to ensure that
their communities are safe and supportive places that help young people grow and
reach their full potential. I also call upon citizens to observe this day with
appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of June, in
the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
GEORGE W. BUSH