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September 21, 2022: Maltese American Heritage Day

WHEREAS, Malta is a country in the Mediterranean Sea with a rich history dating back thousands of years; and,

WHEREAS, Malta gained its independence on September 21, 1964, and subsequently celebrates September 21 as Malta Independence Day each year; and,

WHEREAS, although it is geographically small, Malta is the eighth most densely populated country in the world, with three UNESCO heritage sites, a thriving tourism industry, and world-famous cuisine; and,

WHEREAS, the United States is home to more than 40,000 Maltese Americans; and,

WHEREAS, the Metro Detroit area has the largest concentration of Maltese Americans in the United States, with over 13,000 Michiganders of Maltese descent; and,

WHEREAS, Maltese Michiganders helped develop Michigan into an auto industry powerhouse; and,

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan has been enriched by Maltese Michiganders, who have made significant contributions in the fields of art, science, business, education, philanthropy, cuisine, and so much more, including at the highest levels of federal government;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2022, as Maltese American Heritage Day in Michigan.