Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, thousands of brave Americans have demonstrated their courage and commitment to freedom by serving the Armed Forces of the United States of America in active duty posts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world; and,
WHEREAS, more than 17,000 of Michigan's children and youth have been directly affected by military deployment of at least one parent; and,
WHEREAS, these children and youth are a source of inspiration to us all, and it is only fitting that we take time to recognize their contributions, celebrate their spirit, and assure our men and women in uniform that while they are protecting our safety and freedom, we are taking care of their children;and,
WHEREAS, the recognition of the Month of the Military Child will allow us to pay tribute to military children and youth for their commitment, pride, and unconditional support of our troops, because when parents serve in the military, their kids are heroes too; and,
WHEREAS, a month-long salute to military children and youth will encourage local communities to provide direct support to military children and families;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as the Month of the Military Child in Michigan.