April 10, 2014: Siblings Day

WHEREAS, the family has always been the cornerstone of American society. Our families nurture, preserve and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish.

WHEREAS, brothers and sisters share a unique place in our lives. Sibling relationships are expressed in many forms, whether biological, adopted, foster, or mentor matches.   They are a part of the development of who we are and help shape our values, beliefs, and ideals; and

WHEREAS, family members offer us love, support, and encouragement in times of joy and in times of sorrow. Whether younger or older, siblings can turn to each other when in need, look up to – and look out for – as mentors and close friends; and

WHEREAS, a siblings’ relationship is equally important as a parent’s relationship because brothers and sisters are often each others most trusted advisors, mentors, role models and best friends; and

WHEREAS, this is a day where brothers and sisters enjoy time being together or a phone call or just remembering each other. For some siblings a day of truce; for other siblings a day of love and appreciation; and for some a special day when those departed are remembered. In all cases, a day when attention is paid to that unequivocal bond like no other; and

WHEREAS, the sibling relationship is an important relationship within the family system because it greatly affects the intellectual, emotional and social development of these family members, as a result, the sibling relationship is considered to be one of the most prolific and enduring of all personal relationships; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim Thursday, April 10, 2014 Siblings Day in Michigan.