Clinton on Public Service Recognition Week

May 5, 1997

Clinton on Public Service Recognition Week

Each day, in schools and offices across our country, in hospitals, parks, museums, and on military installations, Amercia's public employees dedicate their time, energy, and talent to create a brighter future for their fellow citizens and for our nation. Defending our country, protecting our environment, educating our children, and safeguarding our health, they carry out their myriad responsibilities with quiet determination and a genuine commitment to excellence. Too often we take their contributions for granted, but their work has an enormous impact on the quality of our lives and the future of our country.

During Public Service Recognition Week, we have the opportunity to recognize and honor these dedicated women and men from all walks of life who serve our country in local and state governments and at the federal level. In a time of leaner budgets and smaller staffs, they work hard to inspire and maintain the public's trust in government, to forge effective partnerships between the private and public sectors, and to make government work better for all our people. Accepting greater responsibility and increased accountability, public employees continue to rise to new challenges, keeping America growing as we approach the dawn of the 21st century.

As we observe this special week, I urge my fellow Americans to join me in paying tribute to all those who work so hard each day to improve the quality of our lives and to keep our nation strong and free. I encourage young people especially to learn about careers in public service and to recognize that there are few professions more important or fulfilling.

On behalf of a grateful nation, I salute America's public employees and extend best wishes for a memorable observance.

Bill Clinton

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