WHEREAS, the cultural diversity of Alaska is comprised of many languages, belief systems, and traditions that strengthen the social fabric of our state; and
WHEREAS, we respect the heritage and traditions of all cultures in our communities, and we are proud to be Alaskans with an assorted ethnic heritage; and
WHEREAS, for over a century, Arab Americans have been making valuable impacts on many aspects of society: in medicine, law, business, education, technology, government, and through military service; and
WHEREAS, Alaska’s history includes contributions from an exceptionally diverse Arab American population, and our communities have long benefitted from exposure to new customs, food, music, and lifestyles; and
WHEREAS, Arab migrants in America brought with them their resilient family values, strong work ethics, commitment to education, and rich culture that has added strength to our great democracy; and
WHEREAS, they have enriched our society by sharing in the entrepreneurial spirit that makes our nation free and prosperous; and
WHEREAS, Arab Americans have contributed to the United States becoming 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 2023 as:
Arab American Heritage Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the contributions that Arab Americans have made to strengthen the fabric of our society.
Dated: April 1, 2023