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June 17, 2021: Essential Worker Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workers have continued their work on the frontlines to protect the health, well-being, and safety of Michigan residents; and,


WHEREAS, essential workers include health care workers, direct care workers, nursing home workers, local public health workers, educators and school staff, food service and grocery store workers, gas station attendants, construction workers, utility workers, post officers, social service workers, delivery service workers, law enforcement officers, security officers, corrections officers, manufacturers who converted to making respirators, face shields, and hand sanitizers, janitors, transit workers, truck drivers, emergency service workers, and other public servants; and,


WHEREAS, these essential workers have selflessly put their lives at risk to continue to fulfill their critical jobs so all of us can stay safe at home while having access to basic life necessities; and,


WHEREAS, they are unsung heroes of the pandemic who have shown deep commitment to ensuring the well-being and convenience of the residents of their communities and have kept our state's economy running; and,


WHEREAS, on this day, we should take time to recognize and honor each and every one of the essential workers across our state who have made sacrifices to provide critical services, and express our gratitude for their continued work for the betterment of our community; and,


WHEREAS, we should also pay tribute to essential workers who have lost their innocent lives during the pandemic;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 17, 2021 as Essential Worker Appreciation Day in Michigan.