September 15, 2017: Swedish Heritage Day

WHEREAS, Michigan is fortunate to count among its numbers more than 200,000 citizens of Swedish descent who make important contributions to our economy and society through their commitment to numerous professions, businesses, agriculture, family and the arts; and,

WHEREAS, there are numerous organizations in Michigan that exist to help recognize and promote the Swedish culture and relations with Sweden including the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Swedish Council, SWEA, the Jenny Lind Club, the Swedish Club and the Swedish American Heritage Society of West Michigan which is celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of its founding; and,

WHEREAS, Swedish Americans continue to strengthen and enrich our country and Michigan through their culture, pride, industriousness, and commitment to the principles upon which our great nation was founded;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 15, 2017 as Swedish Heritage Day in Michigan.