Proclamation: 2017 Veterans' History Awareness Month

WHEREAS, during the past century, millions of Americans have served in the Armed
Forces of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who served in the
Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by all
Americans; and

WHEREAS, Washington State is home to more than 607,000 veterans, 60,000 active
duty military, 19,000 National Guard and Reserves, and their families; and

WHEREAS, the advent of the all-volunteer military has reduced the number of
individuals and families with any personal connection to the Armed Forces, resulting in
decreased awareness of the importance of the accomplishments of those who have served; and

WHEREAS, people are encouraged to wear red each Friday in November to demonstrate
their support; and

WHEREAS, it is essential that the future leaders of our nation understand the history of
military action and the contributions and sacrifices of those who serve; and

WHEREAS, Washington State has enacted legislation declaring November of each year
as Veterans' History Awareness Month, and designating the week in which Veterans Day occurs
as a time to celebrate and commemorate the contributions of our veterans;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay lnslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby
proclaim November 2017 as
Veterans' History Awareness Month
in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance.

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