WHEREAS, Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture; and,
WHEREAS, In 2013, Polish Americans will mark the 32nd Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride; and,
WHEREAS, During 2013, Poles will mark the 405th Anniversary of the First Polish Settlers who were among the first skilled workers in America; and,
WHEREAS, In October, we celebrate Polish American Heritage Month in the United States; and,
WHEREAS, Polish Americans can be justly proud of the vital contributions people of Polish descent have made to our Nation and State in the arts, sciences, religion, scholarship, and every area of endeavor; and,
WHEREAS, Today, October 15th, 2013 we celebrate Michigan’s first Polish Day at the Capitol.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2013 Polish Day in Michigan.