Alabama National Cemetery Memorial Day

By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, for two hundred forty years, our Nation’s liberty has been protected and preserved by the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, more than one million Americans, including thousands of Alabamians, who stood on the front lines of freedom, made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty’s blessings; and
WHEREAS, as a grateful Nation, we remember America’s fallen by celebrating and commemorating their lives; and
WHEREAS, the Alabama National Cemetery Memorial Day Commemoration is a day to honor all Veterans, and it is a day to rededicate ourselves to Abraham Lincoln’s call “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan,”; and
WHEREAS, more than 420,000 Veterans live in Alabama and an estimated 10,500 of them die each year; and
WHEREAS, for the next 50 years, the Alabama National Cemetery will serve as the final resting place for the men and women who bravely defended our Nation’s freedom:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim May 29, 2017, as
Alabama National Cemetery Memorial Day
in the State of Alabama.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 29th day of May 2017.
Kay Ivey