TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet issued the following resolution recognizing November 11, 2016 as Veterans Day. Governor Scott also awarded 33 veterans in Tallahassee with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “Today, I am proud to issue this resolution recognizing Veteran’s Day as we honor all those who have served our great Nation. I would like to thank them for their courage and sacrifice in defense of our country’s freedom. It is a privilege to honor the 33 veterans who join us today with the Governor’s Veteran Service Award for their brave service to our state and nation.”

Glenn Sutphin, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs said, “We must never forget our veterans and their families, through whose selfless service and sacrifice, we enjoy the liberty our nation is known for. Honoring our veterans with a Governor’s Veterans Service Award is one of many ways the State of Florida thanks our veterans.”

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, for more than two centuries, individuals from all walks of life have taken up arms and sworn an oath to support and defend the principles upon which our country was founded; and

WHEREAS, throughout our history, courageous men and women have donned the uniform of our Armed Forces and built a noble tradition of faithful and dedicated service to our Nation; and

WHEREAS, Veterans Day has been set aside as both a national and state holiday to honor those American patriots who answered the call of duty, preserving our freedoms and often making the ultimate sacrifice; and

WHEREAS, we can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to those heroic men and women who served, were wounded, or even died in battle; and

WHEREAS, the unwavering commitment of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Merchant Mariners has preserved our freedoms and saved millions around the world from tyranny; and

WHEREAS, we continue to draw inspiration from the heroism and dedication of those who currently serve and sacrifice for the cause of liberty and justice; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting that all Floridians honor America’s military veterans, including Florida’s more than 1.5 million living veterans, through whose selfless service and sacrifice we enjoy freedom and liberty.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize November 11, 2016, as

VETERANS DAY

and call upon all Floridians to honor the contributions of current and former members of the United States Armed Services.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida encourage citizens to participate in local Veterans Day activities honoring the men and women who have stood watch over America.

           IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on this 25th day of October 2016.

 

RICK SCOTT, GOVERNOR

PAM BONDI, ATTORNEY GENERAL

JEFF ATWATER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

ADAM. H. PUTNAM, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

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