Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, Michigan has a long and storied history of supporting our nation and its military dating back to the early days of this great nation, from our critical support of the Union efforts during the Civil War to the vital role we played as the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II; and,
WHEREAS, the success of our state in supporting our armed forces would not be possible without the brave men and women who have chosen to serve, whose service reflects the true spirit and patriotism embodied in so many of our citizens; and,
WHEREAS, members of the Michigan National Guard and Army Corps of Engineers stepped forward and assisted in a number of critical capacities during the state’s COVID-19 response efforts, and, without this assistance, the state would not have been able to as effectively address the needs of our citizens during this critical time; and,
WHEREAS, in addition to those who serve, there are a number of organizations that when combined reflect a strong advocacy tool for those who serve and have served, as well as demonstrate Michigan’s unique position to continue to support the military industrial complex through the work of our institutions of higher education and our manufacturing community; and,
WHEREAS, the work of the Air Force Association, the Association of the United States Army, the National Guard Association of Michigan, the Navy League of the United States, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Women in Defense in Michigan provides critical resources and advocacy on behalf of military service members, their families, and the economy of this state; and,
WHEREAS, as Michigan continues to focus on the future and identify ways to protect and grow our economy, the military will be a critical partner alongside these organizations to ensure we have one shared voice and mission;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2020 as Military Appreciation Month in Michigan.