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Memorial Day

May 31, 2021

WHEREAS, generations of brave, selfless, patriotic men and women serving in the military, have given their lives protecting and defending our nation; and

WHEREAS, each year on the last Monday in May, Americans pause to observe Memorial Day, set aside as a National Holiday in 1971, but in existence since 1868, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation; and

WHEREAS, we are grateful for, and humbled by, the service of our armed forces. Their sacrifice and bravery is never forgotten, and they are never far from our thoughts and prayers; and

WHEREAS, the men and women of our Armed Forces protect our borders, citizens, and allies; fight tyranny around the world; and defend the values that make our nation great; and

WHEREAS, Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to honor those brave warriors who died to guarantee the liberties we continue to enjoy today, and to remind us of the true cost of our freedom, so we may never take it for granted; and

WHEREAS, on this day, let us reflect on the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have served our country; honor their memory as American heroes; pray for the loved ones left behind; and recommit to defending the nation they died to protect.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 31, 2021 as:

Memorial Day

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to remember and honor our nation’s fallen soldiers, and to pray for the active duty men and women, and their families, who are serving our country today.