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PROCLAMATION 6607—OCT. 8, 1993 107 STAT. 2741 Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline to today's bright stars—the singers all let loose the soulful music inside their hearts. In its rhythms and words, we can hear the lonesome sound, as well as the festive spirit, of our beloved land. The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 102, has designated the month of October as "Country Music Month." I virge all Americans to join me in recognizing the role that country music has played in shaping our cultural heritage. Country Music Month is a time to recognize the contributions of singers, songwriters, musicians, and all in the industry who work to bring us the very best of country music and dance. Tluroughout the month of October, let us celebrate country music in our homes and towns across the United States. NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 1993 as Country Music Month. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighteenth. WILLIAM J. CLINTON Proclamation 6607 of October 8, 1993 Leif Erikson Day, 1993 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation At this time every year, Americans celebrate Leif Erikson Day. In so doing, we commemorate the voyages of the great Norse explorer who first set foot on North America nearly a thousand years ago. At the same time, we also celebrate the enduring ties between America and the Nordic countries and take note of the outstanding contributions that Nordic Americans have made to the United States. In a sense, the bonds that Leif Erikson—son of Iceland, grandson of Norway—forged continue unbroken today. We maintain an impressive exchange of people and ideas with the Nordic countries. The early settlers inherited an adventurous spirit that had led their ancestors from Scandinavia to much of Europe and into the Atlantic. In addition, these adventurers started from lands that were afready half- way points between the Old World and the New. Even today, the Nordic countries, which possess a commitment to open, democratic societies and to peaceful relations among nations, serve as links between Eiu-ope and the rest of the world. At a time when the relations between Europe and America are being redefined, the Nordic countries retain their important role in fostering democracy, transatlantic cooperation, and an open trading system. Their many contributions to international diplomacy, hiunanitarian assistance, and peacekeeping in the world's trouble spots set a high standard that the rest of the world greatly admires. Americans who