Over the course of the United States’ brief, but important history, Presidents have taken it upon themselves to make proclamations; the act of causing some state matters to be published or made generally known. Most are aware of the famous proclamations, such as George Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793 and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 which resulted in huge changes for the future that followed.
Many proclamations have been issued by Presidents that are “ceremonial,” in order to designate special observances or celebrate national holidays. Yesterday, President Barack Obama proclaimed September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Stating that “we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to all those who are seeking or in need of treatment.” This month, we honor all who are would like to live a life free from drugs and alcohol, with the hope of ending prejudice and discrimination that accompanies the stigma of addiction.
Please take a moment to read the proclamation in full: