April 10, 2017: Siblings Day

WHEREAS, the family has always been the cornerstone of American society.  Our families nurture, preserve and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish; and,

WHEREAS, brothers and sisters occupy a unique place in our lives.  Sibling relationships are expressed in many forms, whether biological, adopted, foster, or mentor  matches.   They are a part of the development of who we are and help shape our values, beliefs and ideals; and,

WHEREAS, family members offer us love, support and encouragement in times of joy and in times of sorrow. Whether younger or older, siblings can turn to each other when in need, look up to and look out for each other, as mentors and close friends; and,

WHEREAS, the sibling relationship is an important relationship within the family system because it greatly affects the intellectual, emotional and social development of these family members. As a result, the sibling relationship is considered to be one of the most prolific and enduring of all personal relationships;

WHEREAS, sibling relationships are important because brothers and sisters are often each other’s most trusted advisors, mentors, role models and friends. On this day we pay attention to this unequivocal bond;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim April 10, 2017 as Siblings Day in Michigan.