WHEREAS, we pay tribute to the service of America’s veterans for their willingness to sacrifice for our country; and
WHEREAS, more than 760,000 North Carolinians are veterans of the United States Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, these brave men and women have made significant sacrifices to defend freedom, North Carolina and the nation; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of North Carolina owe a debt of lasting gratitude to the men and women who have worn the uniform while serving and defending our great nation; and
WHEREAS, Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I, the “War to End All Wars,” went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918; and
WHEREAS, in 1938 Congress declared November 11th a legal holiday known as Armistice Day and in 1954 Congress replaced the word armistice with the word veterans, at which point President Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day; and
WHEREAS, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars; and
WHEREAS, today, our veterans inspire future generations of Americans to strive to defeat terrorism, defend our nation and promote peace; and
WHEREAS, each day,in gratitude, it is our mission to strive to make North Carolina a more veteran-friendly state; and
WHEREAS, November 11th is a day to honor and reflect on the service and sacrifice made by all veterans and their families; and
WHEREAS, I urge all citizens of North Carolina, wherever possible, to recognize the valor and patriotism of our veterans through ceremonies, flag raisings, prayers; and commemorate Veterans Day on November 11, 2013 with a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2013, as “VETERANS DAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this first day of November in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.