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104 STAT. 5250 PROCLAMATION 6122—APR. 26, 1990 are all cooperating with criminal justice officials as they strive to bring compassion, timely restitution, and healing to crime victims. None of us should rest, however, until our laws and practices fully reflect the sympathy we have for the victims of crime and the intolerance we have for criminals. We must continue working together to help crime victims reclaim their dignity, health, and security. We must also strive to ensure that criminals receive punishment commensurate with the harm they have inflicted. During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, as organizations across the country hold special events to increase awareness of the problems experienced by crime victims, we also recognize those generous Americans who work—often as volunteers—on behalf of crime victims and their families. By Senate Joint Resolution 242, the Congress has designated the week of April 22 through April 2,8, 1990, as "National Crime Victims' Rights Week" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of April 22 through April 28, 1990, as National Crime Victims' Rights Week. I call upon all Americans—government officials, law enforcement officers, health care professionals, religious and business leaders, and private citizens—to renew their determination to respond with speed and sensitivity to the needs of innocent crime victims and their families. I also urge every American to learn about ways to minimize the risk of victimization and to demonstrate his or her appreciation for those who work for justice. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 25th day of April, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fourteenth. GEORGE BUSH Editorial note: For the President's remarks of Apr. 25, 1990, on signing Proclamation 6121, see the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (vol. 26, p. 646). Proclamation 6122 of April 26, 1990 National Arbor Day, 1990 ^ By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation When our Nation was founded more than 200 years ago, it boasted such dense forests that one European visitor was moved to write, "the entire country is one vast wood." During the 19th century, however, as our young Republic grew and prospered and new towns and industries spread across the frontier, the heavy use of wood for fuel, lumber, and other products began to deplete our Nation's trees at an alarming rate.