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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, June 3, 1996
Volume 32--Number 22
Pages 949-981

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Agent-Orange related disability benefits for Vietnam veterans--951
    Blue Ribbon Schools--954
    Israeli elections--952, 958
        Citizens of Baton Rouge--977
        State legislature in Baton Rouge--969
        Women's International Convention of the Church of God in Christ 
            in New Orleans--959
    Radio address--949
    Verdict in the McDougal-Tucker trial--953
    Virginia, Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington--950

Appointments and Nominations

    Special Assistant for Civilian Implementation in Bosnia, statement--

Communications to Congress

    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter 
    Most-favored-nation status for China, letter transmitting 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Most-favored-nation status for China, memorandum--979
    U.S.-Israel Arrow Deployability Program, memorandum--953

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        North Driveway--953
        Old Executive Office Building--951
        South Lawn--958


    Small Business Week--978

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Drought relief for Southern Plains States--965

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--980
    Checklist of White House press releases--980
    Digest of other White House announcements--979
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--980


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Monday, June 3, 1996
Volume 32--Number 22
Pages 949-981
Week Ending Friday, May 31, 1996
The President's Radio Address

May 25, 1996

    Good morning. This weekend all across our country we gather to 
observe Memorial Day. Over this weekend we honor Americans from all our 
wars who died while defending our Nation. These brave men and women gave 
their tomorrows so that we might live in freedom. We must vow to uphold 
the ideals they died for and make our country great, an America free and 
strong, a force for peace and progress, a land of tolerance and 
opportunity for all.
    Many of you will come together as families and friends to place a 
wreath on a grave, to proudly march in a parade, to tell tales of 
service and sacrifice that are so much the story of our Nation. From the 
Revolutionary War to the Civil War, from the World Wars to Korea, 
Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the other conflicts in our history, all 
remind us that all of our people have given a lot in the military to 
protect the land we love.
    Now we have the responsibility to build a future worthy of their 
sacrifice. We must make sure that America enters the 21st century as the 
greatest force on Earth for peace and freedom. Today, the men and women 
of America's Armed Forces are the best trained, best equipped, best 
prepared in the world, and I am determined to keep them that way. This 
is the surest guarantee of our security and freedom.
    Whether safeguarding the border between North and South Korea, 
rescuing Americans in Liberia, helping the people of Bosnia to uphold 
the peace they chose, all around the world our troops stand sentry on 
liberty's front lines. Today we salute our men and women in uniform and 
the families who support them. We are proud of them and grateful for 
their service.
    Our troops are the backbone of the American leadership that is the 
source of strength at home and our success around the world. Whether 
preventing conflict in the Persian Gulf, reducing the nuclear threat as 
we have done in North Korea, working with other nations to fight common 
dangers like terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime, 
strengthening our alliances in Asia and Europe, or isolating rogue 
nations like Libya and Iraq, steady, strong American leadership is 
making our people safer and the world more secure.
    We also must uphold our Nation's leadership in the powerful global 
movement for democracy and peace. Today, more than ever and more than 
any other nation, America can help to push aside obstacles and point the 
way to peace. From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, from Haiti to 
Bosnia, we are helping millions of people embrace a future of hope.
    If we continue to make good on their trust, we can build an even 
brighter future for our own people and for the world. We owe many debts 
to those who gave all they had to defend America's security and values 
around the world. But we know that to truly fulfill our debts, we must 
build the American dream here at home, too.
    Our troops deserve an America with strong families, safe streets, 
good schools, clean air and water. Even as we balance our budget, my 
administration is working to keep our solemn commitment to America's 
veterans by improving the health care they receive, protecting the 
benefits they've earned, and making sure they have a fair shot at decent 
jobs and good homes.
    Our commitment to our veterans must be the same as our commitment to 
all Americans, to give them the chance to make the most of their own 
lives. Generations of service men and women have fought and died for a 
common ideal, an America that offers opportunity for all, demands 
responsibility from all, that comes together as a community around the 
values we share.

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    On this Memorial Day, let us honor their sacrifice. Let us resolve 
to keep our America the strongest nation in the world and the world's 
strongest force for peace and freedom. And let us each do our part to 
keep the American dream alive.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Monday, June 3, 1996
Volume 32--Number 22
Pages 949-981
Week Ending Friday, May 31, 1996
Remarks at a Memorial Day Ceremony in Arlington, Virginia

May 27, 1996

    Thank you. General Foley, Chaplain O'Keefe----

[At this point, a car alarm sounded.]

----that's a new form of honors there. [Laughter] Secretary Brown, 
Deputy Secretary White, General Ralston, the members of the Joint Chiefs 
of Staff. Let me say a special word of thanks to Mr. Jack Metzler for 
all the work he has done on this magnificent cemetery and for the work 
that he and others have done to get the amphitheater ready again this 
year for a reopening. It is an extraordinarily beautiful place of honor 
for those who have served in our Armed Forces.
    To all the members of the Armed Forces who are here, to the 
distinguished leaders of our veterans organizations, to all of you who 
are veterans and your families, my fellow Americans: We come together 
this morning, as we do every year, to honor those who gave their lives 
so that future generations of Americans might live in freedom. All 
across our wonderful country, in crowded cities and country towns, 
America bows its head today in thanks to our fallen heroes. With flags 
at half-mast, with flowers on a grave, with colorful parades, with quiet 
prayers, we take this time to remember their achievements and renew our 
commitment to their ideals.
    Here on this peaceful hillside, the silent rows of headstones tell 
tales of service and sacrifice that are so much the story of our Nation. 
Here lies the spirit that has guided our country for more than 200 years 
now, nurses and drummer boys, scouts and engineers, warriors and 
peacemakers, joined by a shared devotion to defend our Nation, protect 
our freedom, keep America strong and proud.
    As we honor the brave sacrifices in battle that grace our Nation's 
history, let us also remember to honor those who served in times of 
peace, who preserve the peace, protect our interests, and project our 
values. Though they are the best trained, best equipped military in the 
world, they, too, face their share of dangers.
    Less than 3 weeks ago, two Marine Corps helicopters collided at Camp 
Lejeune, North Carolina. Fourteen fine young Americans were killed, one 
from the Army, one from the Navy, 12 from the Marine Corps. We have lost 
more than 200 of our service men and women in training accidents or in 
the course of regular duty since last Memorial Day. And though we work 
hard on safety, the work they do defending us has inherent dangers, and 
about that many Americans in uniform give their lives for our freedom 
every single year.
    These sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and 
fathers--they are American heroes, too, and we are all in their debt. On 
this special day, we pay our respects to all who gave their lives for 
America. We know our country is strong and great today because of them. 
We know to honor their truly extraordinary sacrifice, we must all 
resolve to keep the United States the world's leading force for peace 
and security, for prosperity and freedom. And we know that now, as ever, 
the burden of doing this job weighs heavily upon our men and women in 
    All around the world, from Korea to the Central African Republic, 
from the shores of Liberia to the skies over Iraq, our troops are 
standing watch on liberty's front lines. Their strength and skill gave 
the people of Haiti a chance to reclaim their democracy and their 
dreams. They stopped the slaughter of innocents in Bosnia and now are 
giving people exhausted by war the chance to create a lasting peace 
there for themselves; to restore stability to Europe and, in so doing, 
to make the future more secure for all the rest of us as well.
    On this Memorial Day, let us draw inspiration from the spirit that 
surrounds us, to give those who still defend our freedom and security in 
the military today the support they

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need and deserve to fulfill their important mission. And let us 
remember, as we stand on the eve of a bright new century, the origins of 
this commemoration. The practice of honoring America's fallen began near 
the close of the Civil War, the deadliest and most divisive conflict our 
Nation has ever known. Today is a time to remember what joins us as one 
    Consider the service of just five brave Americans who have recently 
been buried in this hallowed ground: Marine Corporal Erik Kirkland, who 
dreamed of becoming an officer and was killed in a helicopter accident 
earlier this month at Camp Lejeune; a brilliant member of my staff, Air 
Force Colonel Nelson Drew, who perished in Bosnia last August while 
working to end the suffering and the slaughter; a proud Army veteran, 

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