As one of President Donald Trump’s first orders of business as 45th president of the United States, he signed a proclamation for a national day of patriotism. That “National Day of Patriotic Devotion,” as it’s officially called, falls on January 20, 2017 — otherwise known as his very own Inauguration Day.
A presidential proclamation is a statement issued by a president on a matter of public policy. They are generally defined as, “The act of causing some state matters to be published or made generally known.
A written or printed document in which are contained such matters, issued by proper authority; as the president’s proclamation, the governor’s, the mayor’s proclamation.”
Executive orders, Presidential memoranda, and Presidential proclamations are compiled by the Office of the Federal Register (within the National Archives and Records Administration) and is printed by the Government Printing Office which are published daily, except on federal holidays.
A free source to get a copy of these documents is the Federal Register that contains government agency rules, proposed rules, and public notices. There are no copyright restrictions on the Federal Register; as a work of the U.S. government, it is in the public domain.
You could be forgiven for forgetting the National Day of Patriotic Devotion—technically, it happened before it was ever declared. Donald Trump established it with a stroke of a pen sometime after his inauguration; the official proclamation appeared Monday in the Federal Register.
That bit isn’t all that unusual. Presidents christen National Days Of Things all the time. President Barack Obama, for example, proclaimed the day of his own inauguration in 2009 a “National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation,” calling “upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.” He annually declared September 11 to be “Patriot Day.” But “Patriotic Devotion” strikes a different note—flowery, vaguely compulsory.
Let’s now look at quick and interesting facts about National Day of Patriotic Devotion:
1. The president’s critics felt much the same about his decision to declare his own inauguration a holiday. If, as the proclamation declared, its intent was “to strengthen our bonds to each other,” it ended up having the opposite effect—serving as one more point of division.
2. Although the document was among the first signed by the newly-inaugurated President Trump on 20 January 2017, it didn’t informally appear in the Federal Register until three days later.
3. Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said that naming a national day of patriotism was among the executive actions that Trump took in his first few hours as president.
4. Trump’s inaugural address on Friday frequently referred to patriotism as the salve that would heal the country’s divisions. “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” Trump said from the steps of the Capitol after being sworn in as president.