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Arab American Heritage Month

Apr 1, 2023

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