Medal of Honor Day - Proclamation

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 00:15 to 23:15


WHEREAS, throughout our country's history, courageous men and women of the Evergreen

State have answered the call to protect and defend justice, liberty, and the freedom we hold so precious;


WHEREAS, rising above the call of duty at the risk of grave injury and loss of life, a celebrated

few of these fearless service members distinguished themselves as heroes in the eyes of their comrades

through their bravery and self- sacrifice; and

WHEREAS, in 1862, the United States Congress established the Medal of Honor as the highest

award to be given to members of our country's military forces in recognition of their incredible valor

during armed conflict; and

WHEREAS, Washington honors the 46 Medal of Honor recipients from Hazard Stevens during

the Civil War to Ty Carter, William Swenson, and Leroy Petry during the War on Terror in

Afghanistan; and

WHEREAS, today we remember Emil Fredreksen, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in

peacetime during the explosion of the USS Bennington in San Diego (1906) and today his grave

receives a special headstone at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle; and

WHEREAS, in 1990, Congress designated March 25 annually as National Medal of Honor Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Ins lee, Governor of the Great State of Washington, do hereby

proclaim March 25, 2016 as

Medal of Honor Day

in Washington, and encourage all people in our state to remember with honor and celebrate with respect

the brave heroes who have earned this recognition through fearless self-sacrifice in defense of our

country and the ideals on which it was founded.

Signed this 2nd day of March, 2016