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By Presidential Proclamation, December 17 is Wright Brothers Day.   The President is requested each year to issue a proclamation inviting the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Wright Brothers Day is an annual United States national observation.  It is codified in the US Code and Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The Wright brothers were American brothers, inventors and aviation pioneer

Orville Wright

( August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948 )

Wilbur Wright

( April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912 )

Presidential Proclamation — Wright Brothers Day, 2014

WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY, 2014

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

The United States has always been a land of exploration and innovation. Determined to build a Nation where all things were possible, our country’s Founders crossed a vast ocean and launched an improbable experiment in democracy. Early pioneers pushed west across sweeping plains. Dreamers toiled with hearts and hands to build cities, lay railroads, and power an automobile revolution. And on December 17, 1903, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, would write their own chapter in America’s long history of discovery and achievement.

After years of painstaking research and careful engineering, Orville and Wilbur Wright accomplished what was once unthinkable: the world’s first powered flight. Above the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they revolutionized modern transportation and extended the reach of humanity. Their inspiring feat opened the door to more than a century of progress and helped spark a new era of economic growth and prosperity. Today, we celebrate those 12 seconds of flight that changed the course of human events, and the determination and perseverance that made that moment possible.

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