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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: April 22, 2008

Proclamation 8243—Older Americans Month, 2008,
April 22, 2008

By the President of the United States
of America
A Proclamation

During Older Americans Month, we recognize the many ways older citizens have enriched our Nation through their character, wisdom, and love.

Our country remains strong because of the foundation our elders have helped lay. This year’s Older Americans Month theme, "Working Together for Strong, Healthy, and Supportive Communities," highlights the importance of building partnerships to ensure that older Americans are able to live with dignity and independence.

Every week thousands of older Americans give back to their communities by volunteering through groups like Senior Corps. From teaching young children how to read, to helping provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, seniors play an important and compassionate role in our Nation.

My Administration is dedicated to ensuring that our seniors are treated with the respect they have earned. They deserve to havechoices and access to the best possible health care, so we have added new preventive care measures and prescription drug benefits as part of our effort to modernize Medicare and make medication more affordable. In this way and many others, our country honors our elders’ legacy and recognizes their countless contributions to our Nation.

America’s seniors provide an example for younger generations, and during Older Americans Month, we reflect on their efforts toward building a stronger and brighter future for all. Our country remains forever in their debt, as they have provided a guiding light for the rest of the Nation to follow.

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 May 2008 as Older Americans Month. I commend older Americans for the many contributions they have made and continue to make to our Nation. I also commend the Federal, State, local, and tribal organizations, service and health care providers, caregivers, and volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to our seniors. I encourage all citizens to honor their elders, care for those in need, and reaffirm our country’s commitment to older Americans this month and throughout the year.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.

George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:11 a.m., April 24, 2008]

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on April 23, and it was published in the Federal Register on April 25.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Proclamation 8243— Older Americans Month, 2008, April 22, 2008," Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:579-580 Original Sources, accessed February 26, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VP5VILHCX3HWZS.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Proclamation 8243— Older Americans Month, 2008, April 22, 2008." Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:579-580, Original Sources. 26 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VP5VILHCX3HWZS.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Proclamation 8243— Older Americans Month, 2008, April 22, 2008' in Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:579-580. Original Sources, retrieved 26 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VP5VILHCX3HWZS.