Establishing the Bob Hope American Patriot Award
May 28, 2003
By the Authority Vested in Me as President and as Commander in Chief by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is ordered as
Section 1. Establishment of the Award. In order to encourage love of country,
service to the people of the United States, and support for our Armed Forces,
and in order to recognize the unique and lifelong service of Bob Hope to
the United States Armed Forces and to the Nation through his unwavering patriotism
and dedication to maintaining the morale of the troops he entertained for
nearly six decades, and on the occasion of his 100th birthday, there is hereby
established the Bob Hope American Patriot Award (Award).
Sec. 2. Granting and Presentation of the Award.
(a) The Award may be granted by the President, in his sole discretion, to
any civilian individual who has demonstrated extraordinary love of country
and devotion to the personnel of the United States Armed Forces, in the form
of true patriotism. The Award may also be granted by the President to an
organization that meets the same criteria.
(b) Other than in exceptional circumstances, no more than one Award may
be granted in any given year.
(c) The presentation of the Award may take place at any time during the
(d) Subject to the provisions of this order, the Award may be conferred