America has a rich history of exploration and discovery, marked
by scientific and technological achievements that have transformed
the world. On Wright Brothers Day, we remember two aviation
pioneers from Ohio whose big dreams and extraordinary
accomplishments helped change the course of human history.
On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright completed the
first manned, powered flight in history and ushered all of mankind
into a new era of possibility and promise. With Orville at the
controls, the Wright brothers' small aircraft traveled 120 feet in
12 seconds above the dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The age
of flight had begun, and in the decades that followed, advancements
in aviation would enable determined American risk takers to cross
oceans, break the sound barrier, and walk on the Moon.
Today, our Nation follows the Wright brothers' example of
innovation as we continue to explore the frontiers of air and
space. My Administration has outlined a vision for space
exploration that includes a return to the Moon and a long term
human and robotic program to explore Mars and the solar system. By
working to expand the realm of the possible, we can gain a better
understanding of the universe and continue the journey that the
Wright brothers began more than a century ago.
The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963,
as amended (77 Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C. 143), has designated December
17 of each year as "Wright Brothers Day" and has authorized and
requested the President to issue annually a proclamation inviting
the people of the United States to observe that day with
appropriate ceremonies and activities.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United
States of America, do hereby proclaim December 17, 2006, as Wright
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth
day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred
GEORGE W. BUSH