PROCLAMATION 6183—SEPT. 20, 1990 104 STAT. 5395 for others—are among the best role models a young person can have. When a teacher cultivates in his or her students not only knowledge but also a lifelong love of learning, that teacher has given them a great and lasting gift. The work of a good teacher endiu-es, long after his or her students have said farewell. As we advance in years, we cannot fail to remember gratefully our best teachers—perhaps the elementary school teacher who recognized our potential and patiently helped us to develop it; or the high school English instructor who challenged and inspired us; or the college history professor who breathed life into ancient texts and enabled us to become a thrilled companion on the journeys of entire nations. We can never thank these teachers enough, and we can never fully trace the extent of their influence in our lives. For all they do on behalf of our children and the Nation, teachers merit our abiding respect and gratitude. Let us ensiu'e that we express both, not only on National Teacher Appreciation Day, but also throughout the year. In grateful recognition of America's teachers, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 313, has designated October 3, 1990, as "National Teacher Appreciation Day" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 3, 1990, as National Teacher Appreciation Day. I tu-ge all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fifteenth. GEORGE BUSH Proclamation 6183 of September 20, 1990 Leif Erikson Day, 1990 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation When Leif Erikson landed in North America nearly a milleimiimi ago, he helped to chart a course that would one day be followed by generations of brave European explorers and missionaries. He also established the first of the now centuries-old ties between the peoples of this continent and those of northern Europe. The son of Eric the Red, who led the first group of Eiu*opeans to colonize Greenland, Leif Erikson is believed to have returned to his native Norway in the year 1000. There, according to the Icelandic Saga of Eric, the yoimg navigator became a convert to Christianity. Later conunissioned by King Olaf Tryggvason (Olaf I) to retium to Greenland as a missionary, Erikson set sail once more.