LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a resolution co-sponsored 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 to those who have died to preserve this great nation,” said Proos R-St. Joseph. “Patriot Week begins as we honor those we lost on September 11, 2001 and salute the fearless first responders who ran into the twin towers to save lives — often at the cost of their own.”
Senate Resolution 88 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.”
The Honor Network President and Co-founder Chris Heisler was present during session on Thursday with the United States Honor Flag. Since September 2001, the United States Honor Flag has paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting America and also those who currently serve the nation and in local communities.
“While the tragedy of 9/11 will forever be etched in our minds, it will also forever be a day that unites us,” Proos said. “Patriot Week is a time to remember that freedom isn’t free and that our founding ideals are worth defending. The Honor Network is dedicated to the idea that every person serving our nation deserves support and that increased patriotism is vital to our future.
“I wholeheartedly agree, 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.”