Senate approves Patriot Week measure

LANSING – The Michigan Senate Tuesday approved legislation co-sponsored by Sen. John Proos that would designate September 11 through 17 as “Patriot Week.”

“September 11, 2001 will always be remembered by Americans in honor of those who died and in support of those who survived. It is also a day that reminds us of the freedom and spirit that built America and all we have been through to preserve this great nation,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Spanning seven days from 9-11 to Constitution Day, Patriot Week will be a time to celebrate all our history and encourage each generation to learn about American’s founding ideals.”

Senate Bill 282 would encourage citizens, schools and other entities to participate in Patriot Week. The bill 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.”

Constitution Day is celebrated throughout the country on Sept. 17, on the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

“Our history is filled with patriots who acted heroically – often making the ultimate sacrifice – to defend the country they loved and the principles we all hold dear,” Proos said. “I co-sponsored this measure because Patriot Week will be a fitting tribute to remember both the legacy of 9-11 and the American values that made this county great and continue to strengthen us. This year is the 10th anniversary of September 11, and I am confident we will enact this declaration in time for that solemn occasion.”

SB 282 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.