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107 STAT. 2764 PROCLAMATION 662&-NOV. 22, 1993 tional force that continually elevates the spirit of the service member when life's joys and sorrows need to be shared. The Department of Defense has long recognized that the family imit is an important factor in the overall readiness and well-being of the members of the Armed Forces. Indeed, military families make extraordinary contributions to the entire Nation through their efforts to support and encomrage their loved ones. The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115, has designated November 22, 1993, as "National Military Families Recognition Day" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day. NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 22, 1993, as National Military Families Recognition Day. I call upon all Americans to join in honoring military families throughout the world. Finally, I ask Federal, State, and local officials and private organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereimto set my hand this eighteenth day of November, 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 6628 of November 22, 1993 National Family Week, 1993 and 1994 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation . Families are our Nation's lifeblood and strength. No matter its size or composition, it is the source of our ideals and the birthplace of our memories. Connected families in vital communities are essential to this country's futiure. The common bonds of family love, sharing, and mutual support have for generations shaped the character of our society. Anchored by strong insights, deeply felt convictions, moral principles, and concern for societal improvement and well-being, families have used their devotion, creative ideals, and energies to define themselves, their communities, and the Nation. The willing acceptance of family obligations and the unselfish shouldering of responsibilities are core components of caring families. Families encourage and foster teamwork, as well as individuality, personal sacrifice, personal attainment, and a wide range of joys and life experiences. America has maintained its unique position in the history of nations because we have not forgotten the teachings of our forebears. We have thrived because we, their children, have remained committed to advancing the causes of liberty and justice. Even in times of national cri-