WHEREAS, during the American Civil War, the state of Michigan sent over 90,000 soldiers, nearly one-quarter of the State’s male population, to serve as members of the Union army; nearly 15,000 of her brave and loyal citizen soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice; and,
WHEREAS, on July 1 – 3, 1863, nearly 5,000 Michigan soldiers defended their nation during the Battle of Gettysburg, sustaining more than 1,130 casualties fighting with the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 16th, & 24th Michigan Infantry; Battery I First Artillery; Company C, I, & K 1st U.S. Sharpshooters; Company B, 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters; the Michigan Cavalry Brigade; and various United States Regular Army units.
WHEREAS, the Federal victory during the Gettysburg Campaign, considered the “High-Water Mark of the Confederacy,” ultimately led to the preservation of the Union and fulfillment of the 13th Amendment in the promise that all persons are created equal and possess certain inalienable rights; and,
WHEREAS, on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln consecrated and dedicated the Gettysburg National Cemetery that serves as a final resting place for over 3,500 Union soldiers, including 173 Michigan men, who died from the epic Battle; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Historical Commission, the Michigan Historical Center and the Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and the Woman's Relief Corps, with assistance from History Remembered, Inc., have planned an honorable and memorable service to honor the Michigan dead at Gettysburg National Cemetery; we encourage citizens of Michigan to honor and remember the sacrifice and outstanding leadership of those Michigan service members and the women who provided soldier aid relief efforts during the American Civil War.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, November 23, 2013 as Michigan Remembers Gettysburg Day.