WHEREAS, our nation was built upon the belief that all citizens are guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and
WHEREAS, the freedoms we enjoy and values we hold dear as Americans do not come without sacrifice, so as our nation has experienced many conflicts, we must make the time to express our sincere gratitude to our veterans for preserving our rights and liberties, and for fighting to protect the freedom of others; and
WHEREAS, we celebrate our warriors on the 11th day of the 11th month in tribute to the temporary cessation of hostility in 1918 at 11 a.m., when the Allied Powers and Germans signed the armistice that would end World War I, and twenty years later, this day would become a federally-recognized holiday to celebrate all United States veterans involved in armed conflicts; and
WHEREAS, we honor our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and Women, National Guard Members and Reservists, as these remarkable individuals have helped to make us secure and have inspired our nation with their courage, compassion, and dedication; and
WHEREAS, we are eternally indebted to our veterans for their remarkable and valiant service to the United States of America, and we will never forget their selfless allegiance and readiness to put their lives on the line to defend the freedoms of our democracy; and
WHEREAS, on Veterans Day, we reflect on the immeasurable burdens endured by so few in the defense of so many, and dedicate ourselves to supporting those who have served our nation and the families who stood alongside them, including those who are still serving today and those who will serve in the future.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2022 as:
Veterans and Remembrance Day
in Alaska, and call on all Alaskans to honor our veterans for their service by participating in appropriate ceremonies and expressions of gratitude, encourage employers to provide job opportunities for those who served, and applaud the incredible bravery of our veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces.