Parents' Day 2004
By the President of the United States of America
Parents are a source of hope, help, stability, and love for their children.
Parents also teach children important values like courage, compassion,
self-reliance, reverence, integrity, and respect for others. As we celebrate
Parents' Day, we recognize the important contributions of America's parents and
renew our commitment to standing with our families to help them raise healthy,
Parenthood is a privilege and a great joy that comes with great
responsibility. Mothers and fathers play the vital roles of provider, nurturer,
disciplinarian, counselor, advocate, educator, and motivator. They offer
unconditional love and help their children to realize their dreams. As parents
work to send the right messages to our young people, they shape the character
and future of our Nation.
To help strengthen American families and encourage parents' active
involvement in the lives of their children, my Administration is committed to
promoting healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood. We are providing
information to parents on early childhood education and development and
supporting community-based parenting education programs. We are also providing
parents with more options in educating their children and more opportunities to
adopt young boys and girls in need.
On Parents' Day, we honor America's mothers and fathers for their guidance,
support, and unconditional love for their children. The tireless efforts of
parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, and foster parents make our Nation
stronger and help build a better future for all our citizens.
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 and consistent with Public Law 103-362, as amended, do hereby
proclaim Sunday, July 25, 2004, as Parents' Day. I encourage all Americans to
express their love, respect, and appreciation to parents across our Nation. 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 twenty-third day of
July, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.
GEORGE W. BUSH