October 5, 2016: 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 an example to be followed as well as an inspiration to 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, 2016 as Raoul Wallenberg Day in Michigan.