Governor LePage Proclaims April, 2014 as Military Child Appreciation Month

April 1, 2014

WHEREAS, Mainers are forever indebted to our courageous men and women in uniform serving here and abroad who have sacrificed time with their families to protect the security and freedom of our great nation; and WHEREAS, in Maine there are nearly 6,800 children, and nationwide, there are nearly two million American children with a parent serving in the military, and approximately 900,000 with parents who have been deployed more than once; and WHEREAS, these children and youth are a source of pride and honor to us all, and it is only fitting that we take time to recognize their contributions, celebrate their spirit, and let our men and women in uniform know that while they are taking care of us, we are taking care of their children and youth; the State of Maine applauds your pride, readiness, and resilience; and WHEREAS, the recognition of a Month of the Military Child will allow us to pay tribute to military children and youth for their commitment, their struggles and their unconditional support of our troops – because when parents serve in the military, their kids are heroes too; and WHEREAS, a month-long salute to military children and youth will encourage local community support to provide direct support to military children and families. NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby recognize April, 2014 as MILITARY CHILD APPRECIATION MONTH throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.

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