May 2021: Military Appreciation Month

WHEREAS, Michigan has a long and storied history of supporting the U.S. military dating back to the early days of this great nation. From our critical support of the Union efforts during the Civil War to the vital role we played as the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II, there is no question of our state's commitment to the armed forces; and,

WHEREAS, the success of our state would not be possible without the brave men and women who have chosen to serve in our armed forces, whose service reflects the true spirit and patriotism embodied in so many of our citizens; and,

WHEREAS, members of the Michigan National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers stepped forward and assisted in a number of crucial capacities during the state's COVID-19 response efforts, effectively addressing the needs of our citizens during this critical time; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to those who serve, there are a number of Veterans Service Organizations that, when combined, reflect a strong advocacy tool for those who serve and have served, as well as demonstrate Michigan's unique position to support our military through the work of our higher education institutions and our manufacturing community; and,

WHEREAS, the work of the Air Force Association, the Association of the United States Army, the National Guard Association of Michigan, the Navy League of the United States, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Women in Defense in Michigan provides critical resources and advocacy on behalf of military service members, their families, and the economy of this state; and,

WHEREAS, as Michigan continues to focus on the future and identify ways to protect and grow our economy, the military will be a critical partner alongside these organizations to ensure that we have one shared voice and mission; and,

WHEREAS, the development of new jobs and industries will directly support the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces. Our efforts in expanding this segment of our economy must be focused on supporting these brave men and women;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Military Appreciation Month in Michigan.