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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, September 11, 1995
Volume 31--Number 36
Pages 1469-1530

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Addresses and Remarks

        Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Selma--1492, 1500
        Alameda County Labor Day picnic in Pleasanton--1488
        California State University at Monterey Bay dedication in 
    Clinton/Gore '96 fundraising dinner--1515
    Goals 2000 business leaders--1506
        Arrival in Honolulu--1469
        Joint service review at Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu--1470
        National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu--1474
        Stamp unveiling ceremony on board the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in 
            Pearl Harbor--1480
        Troops at Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu--1472
        World War II commemorative service in Honolulu--1481
        Wreath-laying ceremony on board the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in Pearl 
    Mayors and county officials--1504
    National Performance Review--1511
    Religious leaders, breakfast--1521
    Radio address--1477

Communications to Congress

    Albania-U.S. investment treaty, message transmitting--1510
    Bosnia, letter--1473
    Budget deferral, message--1528
    Federal Advisory Committees, message reporting--1509

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Hungary-U.S. legal assistance treaty, message transmitting--1510
    International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of 
        Plants, message transmitting--1504
    Philippines-U.S. extradition treaty, message transmitting--1503
    Philippines-U.S. legal assistance treaty, message transmitting--1504
    United States Government activities in the United Nations, message 
        transmitting report--1511
    Welfare reform, letter--1508

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum--1492
    Rwanda, memorandum on assistance--1491

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--1504
        Oval Office--1506

Statement by the President

    Bosnia, Agreed Basic Principles--1527
    Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, agreement--

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1530
    Checklist of White House press releases--1529
    Digest of other White House announcements--1528
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1529


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Monday, September 11, 1995
Volume 31--Number 36
Pages 1469-1530
Week Ending Friday, September 8, 1995
Remarks on Arrival in Honolulu, Hawaii

August 31, 1995

    Thank you very much. Sergeant May, thank you for that introduction, 
and more importantly, thank you for your service. Governor Cayetano, 
Senator Inouye, Mayor Harris, General Lorber, Admiral Macke, members of 
the armed service, distinguished guests, honored veterans, Senator 
Akaka, Congressman Abercrombie, ladies and gentlemen: It is wonderful 
for our family and for me personally to be back in Hawaii. It is a great 
honor to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of World 
War II.
    We come to celebrate the courage and determination of the Americans 
who brought us victory in that war. But as we do, our thoughts and 
prayers must also be with the men and women of our Armed Forces who are 
putting their bravery and their professionalism on the line in Bosnia.
    I want to restate to you and to all the American people why our 
forces and their NATO allies are engaged in the military operation 
there. The massacre of civilians in Sarajevo on Monday, caused by a 
Bosnian Serb shell, was an outrageous act in a terrible war and a 
challenge to the commitments which NATO had made to oppose such actions 
by force if necessary. The United States took the lead in gaining those 
commitments by NATO, and we must help NATO to keep them.
    The NATO bombing campaign and the related artillery campaign against 
the Bosnian Serb military in which our forces are taking part skillfully 
is the right response to the savagery in Sarajevo. The campaign will 
make clear to the Bosnian Serbs that they have nothing to gain and 
everything to lose by continuing to attack Sarajevo and other safe areas 
and by continuing to slaughter innocent civilians. NATO is delivering 
that message loud and clear. And I hope all of you are proud of the role 
that the members of the United States Armed Forces are playing in 
delivering that message.
    The war in Bosnia must end, but not on the battlefield, rather at 
the negotiating table. Just 2 weeks ago we lost three of our finest 
American diplomatic representatives in a tragic accident in Bosnia as 
they were working for a negotiated peace. Today our negotiating team 
continues its work as well. And in the skies above Bosnia, our pilots 
and crews and their colleagues from other NATO countries are risking 
their lives for the same peace. We are proud of those who fly and those 
who are seeking to negotiate the peace.
    Ladies and gentlemen, it is only fitting that we begin to 
commemorate this 50th anniversary of the end of World War II here at 
Hickam Air Force Base, for it was here, right here, that the guns of war 
shattered the peace of our land and drew America into the fight for 
    Looking out at the active duty troops who are with us today, 
representatives of the greatest fighting force in the world, standing 
watch for freedom all over the world, it is hard to imagine just how far 
our Nation had to come to win World War II. Just before 8 o'clock on 
December the 7th, 1941, when the first wave of enemy bombers swooped 
down upon our planes, parked wingtip to wingtip on this tarmac, all 231 
aircraft at Hickam were either destroyed or damaged. At Pearl Harbor, as 
all of us know all too well, the pride of the Pacific's fleet lay in 
    But just a few hours later, just a few hours later, in the depth of 
our darkest hour, a handful of Army and Navy planes that were still able 
to fly took to the skies from Hickam in search of the enemy fleet. The 
long journey to reclaim freedom for the Pacific and for the world began 
with that first mission from this very field. And it ended 50 years

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ago this week when the forces of freedom finally triumphed over tyranny.
    In the days ahead, we will commemorate that victory, honor its 
heroes, and remember their sacrifice. But we will also celebrate more 
than the end of war. We will pay tribute to the triumph of peace. 
Through war in World War II, our people came together as never before. 
But after the war, they used their newfound sense of unity and common 
purpose at home and a sense of mission abroad to build for all of us 50 
years of security, prosperity, and opportunity.
    Today, we turn toward a new century, in a very different set of 
economic and political and social challenges. We now must draw on the 
legacy of those who won World War II and built peace and prosperity 
afterward to do our job to fulfill the spirit of that most remarkable of 
American generations. They understood the duty they owed to one another, 
to their communities, to their Nation, and to the world. After they won 
the war, they advanced the peace, the values, the liberties, and the 
opportunities that they fought and died to win.
    Here on this island of peace that knows all too well the horror of 
war, let us vow to carry forward their legacy. The World War II 
generation taught us that when the American people find strength in 
their diversity and unity in a common purpose, when we stop arguing 
about our differences and start embracing what we have in common, 
nothing--nothing--can stop us. And so I say to you, if we apply the 
lessons that the World War II generation handed down to us to the 
challenges of the 21st century, nothing will stop us.
    Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America.
    Thank you very much. And now, as we proceed with the program, I 
would like to introduce and call forward for some remarks my friend and 
colleague, your distinguished Governor, Governor Ben Cayetano.

Note: The President spoke at 12:17 p.m. at Hickam Air Force Base. In his 
remarks, he referred to Robert May, World War II veteran and founder of 
the 11th Bomb Group Association; Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano of Hawaii; 
Gen. John Lorber, USAF, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Adm. Richard C. 
Macke, USN, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command; and Mayor Jeremy 
Harris of Honolulu. This item was not received in time for publication 
in the appropriate issue.

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Monday, September 11, 1995
Volume 31--Number 36
Pages 1469-1530
Week Ending Friday, September 8, 1995
Remarks at the Joint Service Review at Wheeler Army Airfield in Honolulu

September 1, 1995

    Thank you, General Weyand, for your wonderful remarks and, even more 
importantly, for your lifetime of service to the United States.
    Governor Cayetano; Secretary Perry; Admiral Macke; Secretary Brown; 
General Shalikashvili; distinguished guests, especially our friends and 
as good a friends the veterans of the United States have ever had, Bob 
and Dolores Hope; the honored veterans of World War II; your families, 
your friends; ladies and gentlemen: As we gather to celebrate the end of 
a war that engulfed the world, I ask your leave to say a few words about 
recent developments in the prospects for peace in troubled Bosnia. Just 
a couple of hours ago, we were able to announce that the Foreign 
Ministers of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia have agreed to meet late next 
week in Geneva to try to reach agreement on the basic principles of a 
settlement for peace.
    This is a positive step forward, but much remains to be done. Our 
own negotiating team will continue its work to bring the parties 
together. And as I said yesterday, no one should doubt NATO's resolve to 
prevent the further slaughter of innocent civilians in Sarajevo and the 
other safe areas in Bosnia.
    I know that every American shares my pride in the skill and 
professionalism, the bravery, and the success of our pilots and crews 
and their NATO colleagues in the last few days. They are a shining 
example of the point that General Weyand just made.
    Ladies and gentlemen, in this remarkable place, so much like 
Paradise, we recall when war made the idyllic Pacific hell on Earth. And 
we celebrate the generation of Americans who won that war and ensured 
the triumph of freedom over tyranny. Never before had the fight for 
freedom stretched across such a vast expanse of land and sea. And never 
before had the energies of the Amer- 

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ican people been so fully required or so fully joined.
    At war, our people found a sense of mission in the world and shared 
purpose at home that became the bedrock for half a century of peace and 
prosperity. The World War II generation truly saved the world. Our 
security, our prosperity, our standing among other nations, all these 
are the legacy of the men and women, the heroes before us who we honor 

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