Governor Ducey Arizona Statehood Day Statement

News Release

February 13, 2018

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today issued the following statement in honor of Arizona Statehood Day:

“We are blessed to live in the most beautiful state in America, and one filled with unlimited opportunities. For the past 106 years, we have continued to grow and lead as a top destination for people to visit, receive an education, raise a family, and build a business. Our state has a rich tradition of breaking with conformity and pioneering new ideas, and as we continue to embark on our second century, our future is boundless."

Governor Ducey also issued a proclamation declaring February 14, 2018 as Arizona Statehood Day.

A PDF of the proclamation can be viewed here.
Text of the proclamation can be viewed below.

WHEREAS, on February 14, 1912, after forty-nine years as a U.S. territory, President William Howard Taft signed the Arizona Statehood Act, making Arizona the forty-eighth and last of the contiguous states to enter the Union of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, news of Arizona’s statehood was telegraphed to the people of Arizona, Governor George W.P. Hunt was inaugurated and the Legislature was called into its first session; and

WHEREAS, for 106 years, people have come to make Arizona their home, drawn by its striking landscapes, rich history and proud heritage, unlimited opportunities, warm hospitality and the chance to be part of a prosperous and dynamic state; and

WHEREAS, Arizona Statehood Day affords Arizonans an opportunity to celebrate our pioneer spirit, immense diversity and cherished traditions; and

WHEREAS, Statehood Day 2018 encourages all citizens to take an active role in commemorating Arizona’s strong foundations and great accomplishments, as well as to look toward new opportunities and the bright future ahead.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim February 14, 2018, as ARIZONA STATEHOOD DAY and encourage citizens to participate in all activities in recognition thereof.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona


DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this ninth day of February in
the year Two Thousand and Eighteen and of the Independence of
the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Second.