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 Addresses to the Nation


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    Afghanistan, humanitarian aid--1742
    Hispanic Heritage Month, reception--1736
    House of Representatives action on the resolution authorizing the 
        use of force in Iraq--1740
    Labor disputes affecting Pacific coast ports--1734
    New Hampshire
         Community in Manchester--1702
         Reception for senatorial candidate John Sununu in Manchester--
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         Community in Alcoa--1721
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    Fire Prevention Week--1699
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    German-American Day--1701
    Leif Erikson Day--1735

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    Sniper attacks in the greater Washington area--1715

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     Digest of other White House announcements--1746
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1747

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Week Ending Friday, October 11, 2002
Proclamation 7602--Fire Prevention Week

 October 4, 2002

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    Every year, fires needlessly take lives and destroy homes, natural 
habitats, and livelihoods. This year, as we observe Fire Prevention 
Week, I ask all citizens to take responsible steps to prevent fires at 
home and outdoors and to ensure that safety and emergency plans are in 
place and in practice.
    Approximately 3,500 Americans die each year in home fires; and 85 
percent of all annual fire fatalities occur in residences. To prevent 
this tragic loss of life, the National Fire Protection Association, in 
partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the United 
States Fire Administration, and America's 26,354 fire departments, is 
sponsoring the 2002 Fire Prevention Week campaign, ``Team Up for Fire 
Safety.'' I encourage all Americans to heed the recommendations of fire 
safety experts by ensuring that every home is equipped with the 
appropriate number of properly installed and maintained smoke alarms and 
that every family has fire safety and escape plans. These measures will 
help to prevent fires and protect our families, our communities, and our 
    America has faced a devastating wildfire season this year, and much 
wildlife habitat has been destroyed by fires in our overgrown forests. 
To reduce the threat of these catastrophic wildfires and to restore the 
health of America's forests, we must continue to develop improved forest 
management plans. My Healthy Forests Initiative aims to ensure our 
environment's health by thinning dangerous overgrowth. Firefighters and 
forest experts agree that we could strengthen the health of our forests 
by targeted thinning of dense forests and quickly restoring fire-damaged 
areas to prevent erosion. Through these improved forest policies, we can 
protect our citizens, prevent catastrophic fires, preserve healthy 
forests, and sustain wildlife habitat.
    During Fire Prevention Week, our Nation also gives thanks for the 
invaluable service rendered by our firefighters, who risk their lives to 
preserve and protect our communities. These courageous public servants 
have inspired us with their dedication and professionalism. On September 
11, 2001, we saw that our brave firefighters are among America's 
greatest heroes. As we remember the sacrifice of so many firefighters 
that day, let us draw great strength from their example of selfless 
service to others. These firefighters embodied the best of the American 
     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 October 6 through 
October 12, 2002, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 6, 2002, 
pursuant to Public Law 107-51, flags will be flown at half-staff on all 
Federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters 
Memorial Service. I invite the people of the United States to 
participate in this observance by flying our Nation's flag over their 
homes at half-staff on this day, to mark this week with appropriate 
programs and activities, and to renew efforts throughout the year to 
prevent fires and their tragic consequences.
     In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of 
October, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                                George W. Bush

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Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on October 5, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
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Week Ending Friday, October 11, 2002
Proclamation 7603--Child Health Day, 2002

 October 4, 2002

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    On Child Health Day, we renew our commitment to the well-being and 
safety of our children. Parents, families, teachers, and neighbors all 
play important roles in preparing children to face life's physical, 
spiritual, intellectual, and emotional demands. For the future of our 
country, we must work together to provide our young people with the 
knowledge and skills they need to be safe, self-confident, and 
    From maintaining a healthy environment and high safety standards to 
providing immunizations and quality health care, children rely on our 
vigilance and support. Each year, 30 million children require emergency 
care due to acute illness and injury. We can all take important steps to 
help prevent these accidents and to improve the health and safety of 
young Americans.
    Parents and other caregivers should be aware of the latest safety 
precautions and pay careful attention to consumer safety warnings. They 
should always secure infants, toddlers, and small children in safety 
seats and booster seats. Children should be taught always to wear their 
seatbelts when riding in a vehicle and to use protective gear when 
riding a bicycle, roller blading, skate boarding, playing sports, and 
participating in other similar activities. Parents should set a good 
example by refraining from smoking and should teach their children about 
the health risks of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.
    Child obesity has become a serious problem in this country. About 8 
million young Americans--almost 15 percent of all children--are 
overweight. Obesity can cause medical complications that can lead to 
hospitalization for type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and asthma. Ensuring 
regular participation in physical activity can help children manage 
weight, control blood pressure, and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and 
    My Administration is strongly committed to advancing programs that 
help children discover and understand the benefits of healthy living. 
The recently introduced HealthierUS Initiative will help Americans 
improve their health and quality of life through modest improvements in 
physical activity, nutrition, getting preventive screenings, and making 
healthy choices. Families play a vital role and can help to promote and 
encourage these beneficial habits.
    By committing ourselves to health and safety, we better enable young 
people to achieve their goals, live longer, fuller lives, and we 
strengthen our Nation. The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 
18, 1928, as amended (36 U.S.C. 105), has called for the designation of 
the first Monday in October as ``Child Health Day'' and has requested 
the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.
     Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States 
of America, do hereby proclaim Monday, October 7, 2002, as Child Health 
Day. On this day, and on every day throughout the year, I call upon 
families, schools, child health professionals, communities, and 
governments to help all of our children discover the rewards of good 
health and wellness.
     In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of 
October, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the 

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