President Barack Obama designated Jan. 21 as National Angel Island Day through a presidential proclamation.
This proclamation comes after ACR 76, a measure that recognizes Dec. 17 as an annual day to acknowledge the contributions of immigrants to the United States, especially the state of California. The proclamation honors America’s immigrant heritage and commemorates the sacrifices and contributions of America’s Angel Island immigrants. Angel Island is in the San Francisco Bay and once housed an immigration station, now a national historic landmark.
“From the cities, villages, and farms of their birth, they journeyed across the Pacific, seeking better lives for themselves and their children,” stated President Obama in the proclamation.
“As we remember their struggle, we honor all who have been drawn to America by dreams of limitless opportunity.
“They have contributed immeasurably to our nation as leaders in every sector of American life. The children of Angel Island have seized the opportunities their ancestors saw from across an ocean. By demonstrating that all things are possible in America, this vibrant community has created a beacon of hope for future generations of immigrants.” ♦