I'm sorry I can't be with you tonight. But I am delighted to have this chance to thank the National Archives and its Foundation for preserving the records of our democracy and bringing them to life for the American people. You inspire us to learn more about our own history, to share our stories and experiences with people around the globe.
It is so fitting that the Foundation has chosen to honor Jacquie Mars and the Mars family as the first-ever recipient of your Heritage Award. Jacquie and the Mars family have worked to inspire a deep appreciation of America's heritage. Tonight you will hear all about how they have given their time, their energy, and their resources to promote American art, culture, and history.
But there's something else. The Mars family has also been a shining example of corporate social responsibility. Mars has supported development across Africa--training cocoa farmers, championing education in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. In 2010, I was pleased to give Mars a State Department award in recognition of this work.
As the State Department works to promote U.S. business overseas, we need more "corporate ambassadors" like Mars. They strengthen the American brand, creating export opportunities for American products and making American firms the most sought after employers in the world.
So Jacquie, thank you for all you've done and continue to do. Please accept my heartfelt congratulations and please keep going. Thank you all.