President Obama poses for pictures after delivering a speech to young people at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City on May 3. (Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images)
President Obama thanked federal employees and other government workers for their service in a letter released Sunday, the first day of Public Service Recognition Week.
“In communities across our country, public servants at the federal, state and local levels tirelessly carry out the work of our government,” Obama said. “Diligently serving without the expectation of fanfare, they enforce our laws, teach our children, and lay a strong foundation for our nation’s progress. Our dedicated public employees are committed to a cause greater than personal ambition, and each day, they tackle many of our most urgent challenges and help move us closer to a more perfect union.”
The Partnership for Public Service, one of the sponsors of Public Service Recognition Week, also released a letter signed by all 15 Cabinet secretaries asking the public to thank civil servants for all they do.
“Whether securing our borders, ensuring the safety of the products we buy and the food we eat, protecting our environment, or caring for our veterans and most vulnerable citizens, government employees are dedicated to serving others and making a difference — sometimes at great risk to their own lives and well-being,” the secretaries’ letter said.