Today in history, the 1916 Easter Rising collapsed in Dublin — an event now remembered by the Irish as an important step toward their independence from Great Britain. Here in St. Louis, we observe a different sort of history. April 29, 2005, is officially USS Hazelwood Reunion Day, Bill Cordes Memorial Day, and St. Louis Community Education Day — remembrances permanently recorded in City records by my proclamation.
Since I became Mayor in 2001, I have made 1,669 proclamations celebrating events as diverse as National Dance Week (April 22: “Dancing . . . has been an integral part of our culture and society from the earliest days of civilization”); Thousand Books Day (April 23: “A sincere thanks to the board and staff for the leadership and support they provide to the youth throughout the world.”), and Hubble Space Telescope Day (April 25: “The City of St. Louis congratulates NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope for 15 years of outstanding research of our universe and for providing inspiration to the next generation of astronomers.” ).
The process by which proclamations are produced is consumer-driven. My office responds to requests from individuals and organizations. I issue them when you ask for them: Cinco de Mayo Festival Day will actually be noticed officially on May 6th — at the request of its sponsors. No me molesta.