Proclamation by the President: Italian Independence Day, 2008

Mon Jun 2, 2008 11:02am EDT

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WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--
On Italian Independence Day, we recognize our friendship with the
nation of Italy, and we celebrate the generations of Italian Americans
who have made significant contributions to our national character.

   June 2, 1946, marks the birth of the Italian Republic, the
long-awaited triumph of liberty and democracy in an ancient land.
Today, Italy is a friend of the United States and an ally of freedom
and peace. Italians and Americans join together on Italian
Independence Day to commemorate Italy's independence and celebrate its
rich history.

   The people of our two countries share special ties rooted in
history, friendship, and family. Millions of American citizens have
Italian ancestry, and they and their forebears have helped shape our
way of life. Americans are grateful for the many contributions
Italians and Italian Americans have made to our history and our
culture, and we are proud that our nations are allies in the cause of
peace and security around the world.

   In celebrating Italian Independence Day, we commemorate the
freedoms our countries hold dear, and we honor the generations of
Italian Americans who came to our shores seeking opportunity. They
have helped to shape our great Nation and influenced American life for
the better.

   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 2,
2008, as Italian Independence Day. I call upon all Americans to
observe this day by celebrating the contributions of Italians and
Italian Americans to our Nation.

   IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day
of May, 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

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