LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared November eleventh as Veterans Day to honor Michigan’s greater than 500,000 veterans and everybody who served earlier than them.
“Today we recognize the Michiganders who have served our state and nation in uniform, their families who support them, and those heroes who are no longer with us,” he mentioned Governor Whitmer. “I am proud to declare November 11th as Michigan Veterans Day, and I encourage every Michigan citizen to recognize the sacrifices our veterans and their families make to keep us all safe. Let’s work together to ensure Michigan’s more than 500,000 veterans receive the health care, housing, education and opportunities they deserve and make them proud to call Michigan home.”
“Veterans Day is our opportunity to thank veterans for their selflessness, sacrifice, resilience, and for their outstanding service to our state and nation,” said Major General Paul D. Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Less than 10% of all US adults are veterans, and we owe each of them our deepest gratitude for their contribution to our freedom, security and democracy.”
While there are many ways to celebrate Veterans Day, including raising the U.S. flag, volunteering at a local veterans’ home, or making a donation to a veterans’ charity, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency wants to encourage veterans to apply for VA benefits and volunteer Volunteer to mentor other veterans.
“As a medically retired veteran, I know firsthand how difficult it is to find the various benefits to which we are entitled for our service,” said Zaneta Adams, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and U.S. army . “The MVAA proudly supports our veterans throughout Michigan and will be here to support their needs. Veterans families can count on us for access to resources for emergency relief, education, employment, and health and welfare.”
Originally known as Armistice Day and designated by Congress in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law into law on May 26, 1954 and has called it Veterans Day ever since. For more information on upcoming events held statewide in honor of Veterans Day, visit the events calendar at www.michigan.gov/mvaa.
Buddy Poppy Day in Michigan
Governor Whitmer also declared November 11 as Michigan’s Buddy Poppy Day, honoring the longstanding tradition of giving out Buddy Poppies to raise money for veterans in need through Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. Poppies serve as a reminder of those who gave their lives for our country and the state of Michigan and can be worn or used to decorate graves or memorials.
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