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WHEREAS, the United States of America were founded upon the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness-values defended throughout our Nation’s history by the men and women of our Armed Forces;

WHEREAS, under Section 6103 of Title 5 of the United States Code and Section 1 of 1865 PA 1, November 11th is set aside as a legal public holiday in recognition of the contributions of our service men and women;

WHEREAS, on Veterans Day we recognize all those who have honorably worn the uniforms of our Armed Forces in service to this great nation;

WHEREAS, Veterans Day is particularly poignant this year as we honor not just those who have served in the past, but those servicemen and servicewomen putting their lives on the line in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries around the world;

WHEREAS, members of our armed forces voluntarily forego comfort and wealth to face hardships and deployments away from family and loved ones while defending the Nation’s security;

WHEREAS, while we honor the duty, honor, and selfless service of all veterans, we also remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives to defend the freedoms our Nation holds so dear;

WHEREAS, we particularly pause to remember and honor the 17 Michigan servicemen who gave their lives in service to our country in Iraq or Afghanistan during the last year;

WHEREAS, under Section 7 of Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code, in the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any state, territory, or possession of the United States, the governor of that state, territory, or possession may proclaim that the flag of the United States of America be flown at half-staff;

WHEREAS, it is appropriate that the flag of the United States of America be flown at half-staff throughout the State of Michigan as a mark of respect for the memory and in honor of the service of all members of our Armed Forces killed in the line of duty;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the laws of the State of Michigan, and the laws of the United States of America, order and proclaim that on Tuesday, November 11, 2003, the flag of the United States of America shall be flown at half-staff throughout the State of Michigan, including at or on all state-owned or state-controlled buildings and military facilities.

This order is effective upon filing.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 10th day of November, 2003

Jennifer M. Granholm