Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: February 14, 1997

Message on the Observance of Presidents’ Day,
February 14, 1997

I am pleased to join all Americans in celebrating Presidents’ Day, 1997.

Each year at this time, we reflect with pride and gratitude on the achievements of our former Presidents; and we pay special tribute to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two extraordinary leaders whose clarity of vision and strength of character did so much to shape our country’s destiny.

Presidents Washington and Lincoln led America at pivotal moments in our history, moments that profoundly affected our nation’s character and course for decades to follow. George Washington helped to win our liberty and give us a democracy strong enough to endure through the centuries and flexible enough to survive the fresh challenges that face each generation of Americans. During the dark days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln held together the frayed fabric of our Union and reaffirmed our founders’ commitment to the self-evident truths of liberty and equality.

Today we stand at another defining moment in our national journey. We must chart a course for America into a new century and a new millennium. Inspired by the wisdom of Washington and strengthened by the determination of Lincoln, we will build a new American community, based on responsible citizenship and a resolve to realize the full potential of all our citizens. In this way, we can best keep faith with the remarkable leaders whose memory we honor today.

Best wishes for a wonderful observance.

Bill Clinton

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Message on the Observance of Presidents’ Day, February 14, 1997," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 21, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108 Original Sources, accessed July 25, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=I8YM5T5UIP9MSW7.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Message on the Observance of Presidents’ Day, February 14, 1997." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 21, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108, Original Sources. 25 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=I8YM5T5UIP9MSW7.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Message on the Observance of Presidents’ Day, February 14, 1997' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1997. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 21, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997), 33:2108. Original Sources, retrieved 25 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=I8YM5T5UIP9MSW7.