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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, April 26, 2004 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. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iv] Pages 621 677 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Appointments and Nominations Commander in Chief's Trophy, presentation to the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen--624 Florida, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples-- 671 Maine, Earth Day in Wells--666 National Race for the Cure, reception--664 New York Discussion on the PATRIOT Act in Buffalo--638 Victory 2004 luncheon in New York City--645 Newspaper Association of America convention, remarks and a question- and-answer session--655 Pennsylvania Dinner for Senator Arlen Specter in Pittsburgh--633 Hershey, remarks--626 President's Environmental Youth Awards ceremony--669 Radio address--622 Teachers of the Year, National and State--652 Appointments and Nominations Iraq, remarks on nomination of Ambassador--626 Communications to Congress Iraq, letter transmitting report--652 National Science Board, message transmitting report--671 Communications to Federal Agencies Determination and Certification under Section 8(b) of the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, memorandum--675 Presidential Determination on the Sudan Peace Act, memorandum--665 Proclamations National Crime Victims' Rights Week--623 National Park Week--621 National Volunteer Week--622 Statements by the President South Africa, elections--665 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--677 Checklist of White House press releases--677 Digest of other White House announcements--675 Nominations submitted to the Senate--676 Editor's Note: The President was in Coral Gables, FL, on April 23, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 621]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 621] Pages 621 677 Week Ending Friday, April 23, 2004 Proclamation 7772--National Park Week, 2004 April 16, 2004 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Our system of national parks is entrusted to each generation of Americans. By practicing good management and being faithful stewards of the land, our generation can show that we are worthy of that trust. During National Park Week, we renew our commitment to caring for these treasured natural resources. God designed our lands to be beautiful, but we must ensure God's beauty is maintained and conserved. Our citizens depend on our dedicated National Park Service employees and their volunteer partners to fulfill this important mission. In 2001 and 2002, volunteers contributed millions of hours of service to our parks by clearing trails, repairing facilities, leading education programs, and assisting visitors. This year's National Park Week theme, ``Partners in Stewardship,'' encourages all Americans to join these volunteer partners in helping to look after our nearly 400 national park areas. The Federal Government is investing more in its national parks now than at any time in its history. To help restore our national parks, my Administration proposed $4.9 billion in funding over 5 years on needed maintenance and repairs. We have undertaken hundreds of vital park maintenance projects and are planning and executing hundreds more. We are also using a new system of inventory and assessment to identify facilities needing improvements and to measure those improvements as they are implemented. Our citizens own America's parks, historic sites, battlefields, recreation areas, monuments, and shores, and we want these lands to be accessible and enjoyable for them to visit. We must respect our natural, cultural, and recreational heritage and conserve our parks for future generations. Park maintenance is critical to achieving each of these goals. By modernizing trail systems, we make it possible for people to fully appreciate these remarkable places. By maintaining buildings, roads, and campsites, we ensure our parks remain sources of pride for our citizens, our communities, and our Nation. 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 April 18 through April 25, 2004, as National Park Week. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in recognizing the importance of our national parks and to learn more about these areas of beauty, their cultural and historical significance, and the many ways citizens can volunteer to conserve these precious resources. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- eighth. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:43 a.m., April 20, 2004] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on April 21. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. [[Page 622]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 622] Pages 621 677 Week Ending Friday, April 23, 2004 Proclamation 7773--National Volunteer Week, 2004 April 16, 2004 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The strength of America lies in the hearts and souls of our citizens. Across our country, citizens are donating their time and talents to improving lives and strengthening communities. During National Volunteer Week, we recognize and celebrate those who serve a cause greater than self. This year's theme, ``Volunteers Inspire by Example,'' highlights the role of volunteers in encouraging others to serve. Last year, more than 63 million Americans gave their time to helping in their communities, an increase of 4 million from the prior year. Through the dedicated efforts of America's volunteers, we are building a culture of service, responsibility, and compassion, particularly among our young people. Volunteers can make a difference in many ways--by mentoring a child, caring for the ailing and elderly, building a playground, or caring for the environment. I created the USA Freedom Corps to help Americans find opportunities to volunteer. As I travel around our country, I am honored to meet citizens of all ages who volunteer through programs such as the Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps, as well as many other organizations. Their acts of kindness have a profound effect on people's lives and on the future of our country. To recognize those who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service, my Council on Service and Civic Participation presents individuals, families, and groups with the President's Volunteer Service Award. This award is a tribute to those whose outstanding efforts are helping make our country a better place. America's volunteers set a fine example for our Nation, and I encourage all Americans to look for a challenge in their communities and step forward to lend a hand. 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 April 18 through April 24, 2004, as National Volunteer Week. I call on all Americans to recognize and celebrate the important work that volunteers do every day across our country. I also encourage those who have not yet answered the call to explore ways to get involved. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- eighth. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:44 a.m., April 20, 2004] Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on April 17, and it was published in the Federal Register on April 21. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 622-623] Pages 621 677 Week Ending Friday, April 23, 2004 The President's Radio Address April 17, 2004
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