Federal Register, Volume 75, Number 219, November 15, 2010, Pages 69571-69850 Page: 69,571
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Federal Register Presidential Documents
Vol. 75, No. 219
Monday, November 15, 2010
Title 3- Proclamation 8599 of November 8, 2010
The President World Freedom Day, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
The Berlin Wall once stood as a painful barrier between family and friends,
a dark symbol of oppression and stifled liberties. On November 9, 1989,
in a powerful affirmation of freedom, Germans from both sides of the wall
joined to tear down the hated blockade. World Freedom Day commemorates
the end of this icon of division; celebrates the courageous resolve of individ-
uals who insisted upon a better future for themselves and their country;
and marks the reunification of a city, a nation, and a people. This cherished
day also calls upon us to reflect on our world anew and recognize that
the work of freedom is never finished.
Our world has become increasingly interconnected, and more prosperous,
cooperative, and free. We stand at a transformational moment in history,
where there is tremendous potential not only to tear down walls, but also
to build bridges between people separated by geography, cultures, and beliefs.
Across the world, we have seen the power of the ballot box and the desire
of people to break through artificial barriers and work to implement solutions
to common challenges. Civil society and governments are coming together
as never before to promote liberty, share knowledge, and protect human
With enduring bonds forged across decades, the democracies that emerged
one by one from behind the Iron Curtain are now America's allies and
partners, and today we jointly confront global challenges. Examples of the
strength of conviction, these sovereign nations inspire all who still yearn
to exercise their universal human rights. The 21st anniversary of the fall
of the Berlin Wall is an occasion to renew our common commitment to
advance the cause of world freedom in the 21st century.
The arc of history has shown that human destiny is what we make of
it. Freedom has expanded across the globe because principled men and
women have marched, spoken out, and demanded the rights and dignity
that should be enjoyed by all humanity. Those nations that have already
secured these liberties share a responsibility to uphold the light of freedom
in other countries as well as in their own. On World Freedom Day, we
rededicate ourselves to supporting democracy and the rule of law, to strength-
ening civil society, and to promoting the free exchange of information around
the world. United in common purpose, we will continue to work towards
the promise of a brighter future and a time when all peoples and nations
enjoy the hope and peace of freedom.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 9, 2010,
as World Freedom Day. I call upon the people of the United States to
observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, reaffirming
our dedication to freedom and democracy.
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