Proclaim November 11, 2023 to be Veterans Day

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Whereas, an Act, approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November of each year a legal holiday and was known as "Armistice Day;" and

Whereas, in 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act by replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and the first Veterans Day Proclamation was issued on October 8th by Dwight D. Eisenhower to pay homage to all veterans, who have contributed to the preservation of this great nation; and

Whereas, the brave members of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Space Force, and National Guard exemplify steadfast and selfless commitment while risking their lives to ensure our freedom; and

Whereas, wounded and suffering military members and veterans who return home honor us with their dignity, courage, and valor; and

Whereas, veterans deserve the utmost respect and support, which they have earned, while defending our homeland; and

Whereas, we admire and support the families and loved ones of those who have served and currently serve, and the immense burdens they bear; and

Whereas, veterans make up almost 7% of the City workforce; and

Whereas, we are continually grateful for the freedoms we enjoy in Portland and across the United States, thanks to the service and sacrifices of our warriors.

Now, therefore, I, Ted Wheeler, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses,” do hereby proclaim November 11, 2023, to be

Veterans Day

In Portland and encourage all residents to honor those who have served and those who currently serve to preserve our values of justice, freedom, and democracy.

Document History

Item 940 Regular Agenda in November 8, 2023 Council Agenda

City Council

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Introduced by


Megan Lehman

City Council & Process Policy Advisor

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20 minutes