Sunday, August 26, 2012: Michigan at Antietam DayWHEREAS, during the American Civil War, the state of Michigan sent more than 90,000 soldiers, nearly one-quarter of the state's male population, to serve as members of the Union army; nearly 15,000 of those brave and loyal citizen soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice; and,
WHEREAS, on September 17, 1862, several thousand Michigan soldiers defended their nation during the Antietam Campaign of the American Civil War, with the 7th and 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry suffering severe casualties; and,
WHEREAS, the Union victory at Antietam enabled President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation in fulfillment of a more perfect Union in which all persons are created equal and possess certain inalienable rights; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Center and the Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners as they host a Michigan Tribute Ceremony at Antietam National Cemetery; we encourage citizens of the Great Lakes State to honor and remember the sacrifice and outstanding leadership of those Michigan service members and the women who provided soldier aid relief efforts on the single bloodiest day in U.S. military history;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, August 26, 2012 as Michigan at Antietam Day.