WHEREAS, we are honored to join together today to pay tribute to the dedicated veterans, police, fire and emergency responders who have served this great nation with such distinction; and,
WHEREAS, our communities have a continued sense of gratitude for those who have given so much through their collective service and personal sacrifice, including both those who served in uniform and those who supported them on the home front; and,
WHEREAS, we have an abiding faith in the ideals and strengths on which our great nation was founded, in our democratic process, and the men and women who serve as a source of inspiration for current and future generations to come together to work for the continued betterment our of communities and our state; and,
WHEREAS, in honor of these dedicated men and women that help to secure peace and freedom by promoting civic engagement, volunteerism and service to community, we pledge our continued support. We recognize their sacrifice before the entire state of Michigan as a tribute to the spirit and determination of a people dedicated to the principles of freedom and democracy; and,
WHEREAS, on this day of “honoring those who serve,” let us all commit ourselves to the great need of fostering a spirit of rededication to the ideals that have served as the foundation of this great country, “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 4, 2016 as Honoring Those Who Serve Day in Michigan.