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Arab American Heritage Month

Apr 1, 2024

WHEREAS, Alaska is comprised of many languages, belief systems, and traditions, and this diversity strengthens the social fabric of our State; and

WHEREAS, we respect the heritage and traditions of all cultures in our State and are proud of the assortment of ethnicities within our communities; and

WHEREAS, Arab Americans have made valuable contributions to many aspects of society: in medicine, law, business, education, technology, government, and through military service; and

WHEREAS, Alaska’s history includes contributions from a diverse Arab American population, and our communities have benefitted from exposure to new customs, food, music, and lifestyles; and

WHEREAS, since migrating to America, men and women of Arab descent have shared their rich culture and traditions with neighbors and friends, while also setting examples as model citizens and public servants; and

WHEREAS, Arab Americans have enriched our society with their resilient family values, strong work ethic, dedication to education, and by sharing in the entrepreneurial spirit that makes our Nation free and prosperous; and

WHEREAS, the contributions of Arab Americans have helped us build a better Nation, and we recognize the heritage of all those who are proud to call themselves Alaskans and Americans.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim April 2024 as:

Arab American Heritage Month

in Alaska and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the contributions that Arab Americans have made to strengthen our Great State.

Dated: April 1, 2024