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March 25, 2023: Medal of Honor Day
March 25, 2023
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 across 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; and,
WHEREAS, Michiganders are deeply patriotic and have a strong 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, 2023, as Medal of Honor Day in Michigan.