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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, September 11, 1995 Volume 31--Number 36 Pages 1469-1530 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks California Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Selma--1492, 1500 Alameda County Labor Day picnic in Pleasanton--1488 California State University at Monterey Bay dedication in Monterey--1482 Clinton/Gore '96 fundraising dinner--1515 Goals 2000 business leaders--1506 Hawaii 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 Harbor--1478 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-- 1491 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 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page 1469]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1469-1470] 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 freedom. 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 ruins. 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 [[Page 1470]] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1470-1472] 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- [[Page 1471]] 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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