World Freedom Day (United States)

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World Freedom Day
Observed byUnited States
DateNovember 9
Next timeNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
Frequencyannual

World Freedom Day is a United States federal observance declared by then-President George W. Bush to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. It started in 2001 and is celebrated on November 9.[1][2]

History[edit]

For this occasion, conservative youth groups such as Young America's Foundation[3] and the College Republicans urge students to commemorate this day (which they mark as the start of "Freedom Week," thus including Veterans Day) by "celebrating victory over communism" through provocative flyer campaigns and activism projects.[4] Many conservative political commentators and activists use World Freedom Day as an occasion in which to acclaim President Ronald Reagan, whom they regard as being responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.[citation needed]

Observances[edit]

On November 9, 2005, President Bush proclaimed November 9 as World Freedom day.[5][6] On November 8, 2016, President Barack Obama proclaimed World Freedom Day as November 9, 2016.[7][8] On November 8, 2017, President Donald Trump proclaimed November 9, 2017, as World Freedom Day.[9][10][11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Office of the Press Secretary (November 9, 2001). "President George W. Bush Proclaims November 9, 2001, as World Freedom Day". whitehouse.gov. Washington, D.C.: White House. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "World Freedom Day, 2001" (PDF). Federal Register. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. November 9, 2001. Archived from the original on November 15, 2001. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.yaf.org/featuredstory.aspx
  4. ^ Reuters / PRNewswire-USNewswire. Freedom Week: Young America's Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Young America's Foundation, Herdon, VA. November 5, 2009.
  5. ^ Office of the Press Secretary (November 9, 2005). "President George W. Bush Proclaims November 9, 2005, as World Freedom Day". whitehouse.gov. Washington, D.C.: White House. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "World Freedom Day, 2005" (PDF). Federal Register. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. November 9, 2005. Archived from the original on November 15, 2005. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Office of the Press Secretary (November 8, 2016). "President Barack Obama Proclaims November 9, 2016, as World Freedom Day". whitehouse.gov. Washington, D.C.: White House. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "World Freedom Day, 2016" (PDF). Federal Register. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. November 9, 2005. Archived from the original on November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Office of the Press Secretary (November 8, 2017). "President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 9, 2017, as World Freedom Day". whitehouse.gov. Washington, D.C.: White House. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Philipp, Joshua (November 9, 2017). "Trump Proclaims 'World Freedom Day' to Oppose Communism and to Uphold Individual Liberties". Epoch Times. New York City: Epoch Media Group. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "World Freedom Day, 2017" (PDF). Federal Register. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. November 8, 2017. Archived from the original on November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.

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