February 16, 2017: Lithuanian Independence Day

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan is pleased to join Lithuanian-Americans throughout Michigan in recognizing February 16, 2017 as Lithuanian Independence Day; and,

WHEREAS, on February 16, 1918 the restoration of an independent state of Lithuania, governed by democratic principles, was proclaimed with the signing of the Act of February 16; and,

WHEREAS, still today, Michigan’s Lithuanian-American citizens continue to contribute greatly to the rich heritage and culture fostered in our great state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 16, 2017 as Lithuanian Independence Day in Michigan.