US President Barack Obama today issued a Presidential proclamation on German-American Day 2014. eTN’s German American publisher Juergen Thomas Steinmetz said: “eTurboNews is a global publication based in the United States and Germany. When I left Germany in 1982 it wasn’t trendy to be proud of our great country. This has changed. I am proud to be German and equally proud to be an American. Today millions of fellow Americans celebrate and remember their heritage. The travel and tourism industry is a global industry of peace, tolerance and understanding. All of us are global citizens. eTN invites our readers and friends around the globe to be part of this American tradition.”
German American Day honors 300+ years of German immigration to the USA. It is celebrated on October 6th because on that date in 1683, 13 German families from Krefeld near the Rhine landed in Philadelphia and subsequently founded the first German settlement in the 13 Colonies–Germantown, Pennsylvania. The day also honors the many German immigrants who came here before and after that year and who contributed so greatly to the United States of America.
The U.S. Congress remembered this tri-centennial of German immigration and in its October 5, 1987 Joint Congressional Resolution that “authorizes and requests President Ronald Reagan to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities”
President Reagan officially proclaimed the day in the Rose Garden of the White House, October 5, 1987.
German Americans helped build our Nation, and every day they contribute to its growth. As they teach in our schools, farm in our heartland, and serve in our Armed Forces, their German roots offer a sense of their place in the American story. From a land of poets and thinkers, they brought passion for music, science, and art, fortifying our culture and broadening our understanding of the world. Our greatest cities and our biggest advances reflect their daring spirit and diverse contributions.
As we consider our German-American history, we are also reminded that the United States and Germany are vital partners. With the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaching, our security and prosperity remain interwoven, and our friendship continues as we work together in pursuit of a more peaceful, stable world. On this occasion, may citizens from both sides of the Atlantic draw strength from the legacy of our Nation’s earliest immigrants who boldly pushed forward in unforgiving times. May our shared past continue to inspire us as we face new challenges in our own time.