United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1342

Author: George W. Bush  | Date: October 13, 2008

Proclamation 8307—White Cane Safety Day, 2008,
October 13, 2008

By the President of the United States
of America
A Proclamation

Compassion is one of our Nation’s defining values, and we must work to ensure that all Americans are able to participate fully in society. The white cane allows many of our citizens who are blind or visually impaired to enjoy increased mobility. On White Cane Safety Day, we celebrate the symbolism of the white cane and highlight the importance of ensuring that individuals who are blind or visually impaired can live independently and realize their full potential.

Through the New Freedom Initiative, my Administration has put into action our strong commitment to helping more individuals with disabilities participate in all aspects of life. Since 2001, this initiative has built on the progress of the Americans with Disabilities Act and helped create greater access to schools, the workplace, and community life. These efforts are helping to remove barriers and enabling more Americans to live with greater dignity and freedom.

The Congress, by joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628), as amended, has designated October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day."

Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2008, as White Cane Safety Day. I call upon public officials, business leaders, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

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

George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 1:15 p.m., October 15, 2008]

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 14, and it was published in the Federal Register on October 17.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1342 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1342 Original Sources, accessed July 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QML8C593PUDFH78.

MLA: Bush, George W. United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1342, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1342, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QML8C593PUDFH78.

Harvard: Bush, GW, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1342. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1342. Original Sources, retrieved 17 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QML8C593PUDFH78.