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 WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans will celebrate a special day for children and focus on the issues that are important to them under legislation establishing Sunday, Nov. 21 (the third Sunday in November) as National Children's Day.
 The resolution, which was passed last night by the House of Representatives, was sponsored by Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) The Senate approved the legislation, which was introduced by Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), on Oct. 28.
 Kennedy said he expects National Children's Day will become an annual event, much like Mother's Day and Father's Day.
 "Devoting a day to children -- just as we do for their parents -- lets them know how important they are and how much we appreciate them. Whether it's honoring them for the good things they do, taking the time to listen to their dreams and goals or just having fun, National Children's Day is a good way to give children the extra love and attention they need in today's busy world," Kennedy added.
 Kennedy said this effort is particularly important since many children face difficult times. "National Children's Day will enable us to draw attention to children's health, development and educational issues as well as paying tribute to them," he said.
 Graham said, "This resolution sends a message to the nation's children that they are our country's most valuable asset.
 "For years, millions of Americans have observed Mother's Day and Father's Day with family events. National Children's Day will give families another opportunity every year to spend a special day together, enjoy the company of loved ones and celebrate children. We hope this resolution also will encourage community organizations and businesses to plan celebrations to honor and recognize children," Graham said.
 Special events to recognize children already are planned in more than 35 communities nationwide, said Kennedy. The largest celebrations will be at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., where The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) will treat 13,000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds to a weekend of fun in the company's theme parks.
 The children invited to Mickey's Kids Party at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland were selected by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), which is co-sponsoring the Disney event along with Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL). The invited boys and girls will come from all over the United States, as well as from 20 foreign nations, to enjoy the theme parks' attractions, parades, fireworks and special parties that will be held in their honor.
 In addition, CDF will sponsor a televised Children's Forum during which some of the children attending the party at the Walt Disney World Resort will discuss their challenges, fears, hopes and goals. Nationally recognized children's advocates who can address children's issues also will attend to communicate the challenges and solutions facing children.
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