October 5, 2014: Raoul Wallenberg Day

WHEREAS, in January 1944, the United States War Refugee Board asked Sweden to send a representative to Hungary to organize rescue operations for the Jewish community; and

WHEREAS, Raoul Wallenberg, with extraordinary courage, managed to save the lives of tens of thousands of men, women, and children; and

WHEREAS, Raoul Wallenberg risked his own life countless times during his work, dragging Jews from trains bound for gas chambers, bringing food and blankets to those on death marches, creating Swedish Safe Houses, and unflinchingly challenging Nazi authorities; and

WHEREAS, Raoul Wallenberg has become a symbol of each human being’s concern for every fellow human being, an example to be followed, and an inspiration to uncover and fight for justice and understanding; and

WHEREAS, on October 5, 1981, the President of the United States signed into law a proclamation making Raoul Wallenberg an honorary citizen of the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of the Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 5, 2014, as Raoul Wallenberg Day in Michigan.