Presidential Proclamation — Wright Brothers Day, 2016

Signed December 16,2016

December 17, 2016 is designated Wright Brothers Day in commemoration of their first powered aircraft flight on this date in 1903.


Presidential Proclamation — Returning the Flag of the United States to Full-Staff

Issued December 16, 2016

Simple order to return the flag to full-staff beginning December 17, 2016.

This seems a curious order to me. I was unaware of the need to issue such an order. I always thought the half-staff order was designated for a specific period of time, but apparently not, at least this time.

Presidential Proclamation — To Implement the Nepal Preference Program and for Other Purposes

Issued December 15, 2016

In this fairly lengthy proclamation full of technical language and citations of numerous laws, previous proclamations and free-trade agreements, the president appears to be making a whole host of determinations with regard to continued eligibility of various countries to participate in free-trade or tariff free transactions. Several times the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) is referred to or noted as being in need of change as a result of this proclamation.

In addition to Nepal, this proclamation names Central African Republic, Israel, Oman,Panama, and Central American countries (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua).

This is an example of how much detailed, behind the scenes activity there is at the federal level. Few of us citizens are aware of this routine monitoring and authorizing of international trade.


Presidential Proclamation — Bill of Rights Day, 2016

Posted December 14, 2016 this proclamation declares December 15, 2016 as Bill of Rights Day.

The first paragraph of the proclamation:

“After much debate and deliberation among the Framers, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution were written to reflect a compromise between preserving the rights of individual citizens and supporting a strong and secure Federal Government. Since its ratification on December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights has enshrined many of our most fundamental liberties and unalienable rights — including the freedoms of speech, worship, and assembly; the rights to trial by jury and due process, and the protections from unreasonable search and seizure and cruel and unusual punishment. For 225 years, the Bill of Rights has shaped our Nation and protected our citizens, and today, in honor of all those who have worked to secure these freedoms, we strive to continue forming a more perfect Union guided by an enduring belief in these highest ideals.”

Proclamations December 9, 2016

Presidential Proclamation — Death of John Glenn

Requesting the flag be flown at half-staff the day of John Glenn’s interment.

Presidential Proclamation — Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2016

The day: December 10, 2016   The week: Beginning December 10, 2016

First paragraph of the proclamation: “When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948, it set in motion a movement to secure liberty and justice for all people. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” On Human Rights Day and during Human Rights Week, we reflect on how far we have come in upholding these universal rights and resolve to continue fighting to safeguard them wherever they are threatened.”

Presidential Proclamation — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016

This proclamation is mostly self-explanatory, but it does cite Public Law 103-308 (approved August 23, 1994) as having designated December 7 each year National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The law, actually a joint resolution of the House and Senate, authorizes and requests the President to issue an annual proclamation to that effect, and it also encourages all government agencies, and interested groups, organizations, and individuals to fly the flag at halfstaff for the day.