National Character Counts Week, 2023

Citation88 FR 71725
Published date18 October 2023
Record Number2023-23097
CourtExecutive Office Of The President
SectionPresidential Documents
Federal Register, Volume 88 Issue 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2023)
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2023)]
                [Presidential Documents]
                [Pages 71725-71726]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2023-23097] Presidential Documents
                Federal Register / Vol. 88, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 18, 2023 /
                Presidential Documents
                Title 3--
                The President
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                 Proclamation 10653 of October 13, 2023
                National Character Counts Week, 2023
                 By the President of the United States of America
                 A Proclamation
                 Whenever the First Lady and I travel across America, we
                 witness both the incredible diversity of our country
                 and the essential qualities that hold us all together.
                 Americans possess an optimism that is tested yet
                 resolute; a courage that digs deep when we need it the
                 most; and an unshakable faith in one another, our
                 Nation, and the future we can build together. During
                 National Character Counts Week, we recognize the
                 extraordinary character that resides in the soul of
                 every American and the collective power we wield when
                 we embrace one of our country's most fundamental
                 principles: E pluribus unum--Out of many, one.
                 Every day, Americans prove that we are a good Nation
                 because we are good people. I have seen firsthand the
                 incredible character of firefighters, police officers,
                 service members, and their families, each of whom
                 sacrifice every day to protect the rest of us. I have
                 seen that very character in nurses and doctors, who are
                 a source of light and hope for so many enduring hard
                 times. I have seen it in artists, scholars, and
                 journalists, who dare to tell the truth of our Nation.
                 I have seen it in the union workers, who fight to make
                 sure all of us get the dignity and respect we deserve.
                 I have seen it in mothers, fathers, and caregivers, who
                 work hard to build a future worthy of their children's
                 greatest dreams. I have seen it in all the teachers who
                 go above and beyond to help students believe in
                 themselves. I have seen it in our country's young
                 people--the most talented, tolerant, and educated
                 generation in history.
                 Americans with exemplary character abound in our
                 Nation. That is why I have never doubted that America
                 can do great things when we work together. In my first
                 State of the Union Address, I proposed a Unity Agenda
                 that outlined four problems we can solve together as a
                 Nation: beating the opioid epidemic, tackling the
                 mental health crisis, supporting our veterans and their
                 families, and ending cancer as we know it. We have made
                 real progress. Together, we passed a law making it
                 easier for doctors to prescribe effective treatments
                 for opioid use disorder. We passed the Bipartisan Safer
                 Communities Act, making historic changes to gun safety
                 laws and key investments in mental health services. We
                 launched Advanced Research Project Agencies for Health
                 (ARPA-H) to drive breakthroughs in the fight against
                 cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and so much more. We
                 passed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring
                 our PACT Act to ensure that veterans exposed to toxic
                 substances during their military service get the
                 benefits and care they deserve and never have to fight
                 While we have made strides to unite the Nation around
                 common causes, we have also made it a priority to fight
                 back against forces that divide us and to remove
                 obstacles that limit Americans' ability to realize
                 their full potential. We hosted the ``United We Stand''
                 Summit at the White House, where we reaffirmed our
                 commitment to fighting hate and racism and announced
                 new measures to make sure hate has no safe harbor in
                 America. We released a national strategy to end hunger
                 and reduce diet-related disease by 2030, a moral duty
                 we all share. No matter what we are working toward--
                 whether it is addressing the climate crisis, reducing
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                 the cost of health care, or rebuilding our economy--
                 respecting the character and dignity of the American
                 people is at the heart of everything we do.
                 I have often said that America is the only Nation in
                 the world founded on an idea: that we are all created
                 equal and deserve to be treated equally throughout our
                 lives. Though we have never fully lived up to this
                 promise, our national character has ensured we have
                 never fully walked away from it either. Today of all
                 days, let us remember that character is destiny--in our
                 lives and in the life of the Nation--and that the soul
                 of America depends on the souls of all Americans. As we
                 reflect on the very best of our Nation's character, may
                 we recommit to lifting each other up and working
                 together to form a more perfect Union.
                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of
                 the United States of America, by virtue of the
                 authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws
                 of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 15
                 through October 21, 2023, as National Character Counts
                 Week. Now and throughout the year, I encourage all
                 Americans to engage in efforts that honor and express
                 the best attributes of our character, extend the hand
                 of fellowship to their neighbors, and unite in service
                 to their communities.
                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
                 thirteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two
                 thousand twenty-three, and of the Independence of the
                 United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                 (Presidential Sig.)
                [FR Doc. 2023-23097
                Filed 10-17-23; 8:45 am]
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