Governor Rick Scott and Florida Cabinet Issue Resolution Recognizing Veterans Day
~Honors 33 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award~
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 Veterans 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.”
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
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