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November 27, 2019: Post Office Day

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service was developed at the Second Continental Congress on July 26, 1775, which established the “United States Post Office” and named Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general; and,


WHEREAS, the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 (a direct result of the 1970 strike) states that, “The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by an Act of Congress, and supported by the people”; and,


WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service is an independent, quasi-governmental agency which interacts the most with the citizens of Michigan on a daily basis through mail delivery to all residents and holds a favorable rating from the vast majority of citizens; and,


WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service’s diverse workforce is comprised of nearly 20% Veterans, 44.61% women, and 40.28% people of color; and,


WHEREAS, the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is traditionally the busiest time of the year for letter and card delivery, as well as package delivery both here in Michigan and to friends and relatives living and working across the country and overseas;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 27, 2019, as Post Office Day in Michigan.