"We hear so much these days about how traditional religious family values are necessary for raising moral children who can grow into accomplished adults," said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, father of two. "But we humanists have known for a long, long time that ethical humanist values build character. The number of moral and accomplished humanists is legion. We've been honoring the greatest of them every year since 1953 at our annual conferences. Now Barack Obama has given us the opportunity to share this truth with those from around the country who come to our nation's capital to share in the inauguration experience."