PHOENIX — In honor of Armed Forces Day, celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May, Governor Doug Ducey issued the following statement:
“Today, we pay tribute to the brave servicemen and women — both at home and abroad — of the U.S. Armed Forces. Each soldier, sailor, airman, marine and coast guardsman faithfully serves to protect our national security and safeguard our freedom,” said Governor Ducey. “We honor and thank them for their patriotism and sacrifice in support of this nation. We owe them and their families a great debt of gratitude.”
Governor Ducey also issued a proclamation recognizing May 19, 2018 as Armed Forces Day and May 2018 as Armed Forces Appreciation Month.
View a PDF of the proclamation here.
Text of the proclamation can be viewed below.
WHEREAS, the Armed Forces of the United States continues to serve as a unified team, at home and at installations throughout the world, insuring our own security and the security of our allies, and fostering the settlement of international differences by peaceful processes; and
WHEREAS, enlightened understanding and unwavering support of our Armed Forces by an informed American people are vital to the strength and vigor of our Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen, from whom we ask so much, are the cornerstone of our military might and richly deserve to have a special day set aside in their honor; and
WHEREAS, Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May to thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country; and
WHEREAS, our citizens owe a significant debt of gratitude to our Armed Forces members.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as
MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH
and May 19, 2018, as
ARMED FORCES DAY
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 eighteenth day of April in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Second.
SECRETARY OF STATE