President Bush launched the third annual Jewish American Heritage Month.
“The story of the Jewish people in America is the story of America itself,” Bush said in his proclamation Tuesday declaring May as Jewish American Heritage Month. “When the first Jewish settlers arrived on our shores hundreds of years ago, they saw a land of promise and liberty. With hard work and determination, these individuals helped build our country and strengthen our values. Their commitment to religious freedom and their belief in democracy have enriched our society and helped make our country a beacon of hope for all.
“Many Jewish Americans have served in our military with valor and distinction in times of war and peace,” the proclamation continues. “We pay special tribute to all those who stepped forward when our country needed them most. These American heroes confronted grave dangers to protect our nation.”
The first heritage month was in 2006. The original legislation was initiated by a Jewish member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.).