The White House, Washington, DC
December 29, 1975
Mrs. Frank Kutza
Coaldale Bicentennial Association
240 W. Phillip St.
Coaldale, Pennsylvania 18218
Dear Mrs. Kutza:
On behalf of President Ford, I would like to thank you for your letter explaining what Coaldale, Pennsylvania is planning for the Bicentennial.
The President has been most gratified with the manner in which so many Americans are responding to the spirit of the Bicentennial. He is sure the efforts in Coaldale will add significantly to the total commemoration.
In response to your request, the President asked that I send to you his Bicentennial message. He also appreciates your kind offer to visit Coaldale and will bear it in mind when scheduling is being considered. However, I must tell you that the next year will be a very busy one for the President.
Your interest in the celebration of our nation’s 200th anniversary is greatly appreciated.
Milton E. Mitler
Deputy Special Assistant
We now mark the beginning of our Third Century as an Independent Nation as well as the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution. For two centuries our Nation has grown, changed and flourished. A diverse people, drawn from all corners of the earth, have joined together to fulfill the promise of democracy.
America’s Bicentennial is rich in history and in the promise and potential of the years that lie ahead. It is about the events of our past, our achievements, our traditions, our diversity, our freedoms, our form of government, and our continuing commitment to a better life for all Americans.
The Bicentennial offers each of us the opportunity to join with our fellow citizens in honoring the past and preparing for the future in communities across the Nation. Thus, in joining together as races, nationalities, and individuals, we also retain and strengthen our traditions, background and personal freedom.
As we lay the cornerstone of America’s Third Century, your very special part in this great national undertaking is most commendable.
Gerald R. Ford