March 25, 2021: Medal of Honor Day

WHEREAS, the Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in combat across all branches of the United States military; and,

 

WHEREAS, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation from Congress creating the Medal of Honor in 1861 with the first Medal being awarded in 1863; and,
 

WHEREAS, fewer than 4,000 individuals have received this highest honor throughout our nation's history; and,

 

WHEREAS, our country has celebrated National Medal of Honor Day on March 25 since the holiday was first created by Congress and signed into law in 1990; and,

 

WHEREAS, the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation established a National Moment of Honor in 2021 to encourage all Americans to pause, reflect, and pay tribute to these heroes on this day; and,

 

WHEREAS, Michiganders are deeply patriotic and have a deep history of supporting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2021, as Medal of Honor Day in Michigan.