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. As a Nation that has experienced many conflicts which threatened our liberties, we must make the time to express our sincerest gratitude and recognize the sacrifices our veterans gave for the preservation of our rights and freedom; and
WHEREAS, we celebrate our warriors on the 11th day of the 11th month in acknowledgement and commemoration 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 moment in history would become a federally-recognized holiday to celebrate all United States veterans involved in armed conflicts; and
WHEREAS, we honor single one of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and Women, National Guard Members and Reservists. These remarkable individuals have helped preserve our well-being 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 dedication to their duty and readiness to put their lives on the line for the sake of our freedoms and our democracy; and
WHEREAS, on Veterans Day, we reflect on the immeasurable burdens endured by the brave 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 continue to serve to this day and those who will serve in the future.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2023 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 employment opportunities for those who have served, and applaud and celebrate the incredible bravery of our veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces.
Dated: November 11, 2023