substitute for


A resolution to declare September 11-17, 2023, as Patriot Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, We recognize that understanding American history is indispensable to the survival of our republic as a free people. In great reverence to the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, we acknowledge that American citizens must take time to honor our history; and

Whereas, The events that led to the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, have significance for every American. This historical occasion is honored in public schools across the nation on September 17 of each year as Constitution Day; and

Whereas, Exceptional, visionary, and indispensable Americans founded and advanced the United States; and

Whereas, The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and

the congressional resolution forwarding the Constitution to the states, Marbury v. Madison, Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the "I Have a Dream" speech are key documents that embody American liberty; and

Whereas, The Bennington Flag, the original Betsy Ross American flag, the current American Flag, the Suffragist Flag, the Fort Sumter Flag, and the flag of the state of Michigan are fundamental physical symbols of American history and freedom that should be studied and remembered by each American citizen; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare September 11-17, 2023, as Patriot Week in the state of Michigan. We recognize that each generation needs to renew the spirit of America based on historical figures, founding documents, and symbols of  America. The citizens, schools, and other educational institutions, government agencies, municipalities, and nonprofit, religious, labor, community, and business organizations are urged to recognize and participate in Patriot Week by honoring and celebrating so that all may offer the reverence that is due to our free republic.