Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, our nation and its principles have been defended throughout history by brave and patriotic men and women who willingly sacrificed their own well-being for the cause of freedom and democracy; and,
WHEREAS, President George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit to honor brave military personnel; and,
WHEREAS, in 1932, on the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, the Badge of Military Merit was renamed the Purple Heart; and,
WHEREAS, today the Purple Heart is awarded to honor the Combat Wounded Veterans of this country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home; and,
WHEREAS, the seventh day of August is recognized as a day to pay tribute to those who hold the distinction of having been awarded the Purple Heart; and,
WHEREAS, our Veterans have earned profound and eternal gratitude from all of the people of Michigan for their willingness to risk life and limb for the sake of this nation, its people, and our cherished freedoms;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 7, 2021 as Purple Heart Day in Michigan.