Volume 5 Number 42 October 17, 2008

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, for more than 200 years, 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 the 50 million 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 1.7 million living veterans, through whose service and sacrifice we today enjoy freedom and liberty.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize November 11, 2008, as

VETERANS DAY

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 28th day of October, 2008.

CHARLIE CRIST, GOVERNOR

BILL MCCOLLUM, ATTORNEY GENERAL

ALEX SINK, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

CHARLES H. BRONSON, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE