LANSING—The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution supported by Sen. John Proos designating Sept. 11 through Sept. 17 as “Michigan Patriot Week.”
“Spanning seven days from 9-11 to Constitution Day, Patriot Week is a celebration of the freedom and spirit that built America and a solemn tribute of those who have died to preserve this great nation,” said Proos R-St. Joseph. “It begins as we remember those who we lost on September 11, 2001 and salute the dedication of our brave first responders and soldiers who protect our families and the entire nation.”
Senate Resolution 82 states: “In great reverence to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Legislature acknowledges that American citizens must take time to honor the First Principles, founders, documents, and symbols of their history.”
Proos also supports Senate Bill 121, which would designate seven days every year as Freedom Week, running from Sept. 11 to Constitution Day – the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Under SB 121, Michigan schools would be encouraged to participate in the week with instruction that promotes an understanding of American history and founding principles.
“American history is filled with patriots who acted heroically and often died to defend the country they loved – from the Founding Fathers to the 9-11 heroes to our soldiers currently overseas,” Proos said. “We owe it to them to ensure each generation knows about our founding ideals and liberty that made this county great.
“We will never forget the 9-11 attacks, and I encourage all Southwest Michigan residents during Patriot Week to celebrate the American spirit that brought us together in the wake of tragedy and strengthened our patriotic resolve as Americans.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”