August 23, 2014: Patriotism Begins at Home Day

WHEREAS, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is conducting its 101st year of volunteer service to America,

WHEREAS, year after year the organization continues to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom by maintaining memorials to their service and sharing their history with our nation’s youth so that what our nation’s veterans have done for America will not be forgotten,

WHEREAS, Ladies Auxiliary VFW supports the troops currently deployed overseas,

WHEREAS, the 500,000 members represent the families of those who have served or are currently on foreign soil protecting our freedom,

WHEREAS, members volunteer nearly 2 million hours in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and other hospitals throughout this country,

WHEREAS, the organization provides awards and scholarships to students based on their expressions of patriotism through art, speech, and volunteerism,

WHEREAS, the 2014-2015 National President, Ann Panteleakos, is rallying Ladies Auxiliary members behind her theme, “Patriotism Begins At Home”

WHEREAS, we honor all members of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW for their outstanding volunteer service to veterans and their families, the state of Michigan and our great country;

NOW, THEREFOR, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 23, 2014 as Patriotism Begins at Home Day in Michigan.