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Governor Proclaims June 14th as Citizen Corps Community Preparedness Day

June 14th, 2007

WHEREAS, each year we set aside June 14 to commemorate the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of our Republic, and with this act declared that we were one Nation, under one flag, united for the cause of liberty and justice for all; and

WHEREAS, the image of the American flag is one of our strongest national symbols, reminding us of the freedoms we all cherish, uniting us in times of national grief, and bringing patriotic identity to international achievements in sports and science; and

WHEREAS, in times of war, the flag has always gained prominence on the home front as a show of support for the men and women of the armed forces in harms way. As we support our troops, we must also reflect on our own contributions to the safety of this country. Everyone in America now has a greater role and a greater responsibility for our nation?s well-being; and

WHEREAS, everyone can do something to be better prepared for the threats of crime, public health issues, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds, and help our communities do the same; and

WHEREAS, we can join with our nation?s first responders to better protect our communities, embrace the responsibility to be prepared, get training in first aid and emergency response skills, and volunteer to support community safety, disaster relief, and local emergency responders; and

WHEREAS, Citizen Corps is a nationwide grassroots movement to engage all Americans in local safety efforts, thereby fulfilling its vision of ?Uniting Communities~ Preparing the Nation?,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN E. BALDACCI, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2004, as

Citizen Corps Community Preparedness Day

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all Maine citizens to prepare, train, and volunteer time and skills to support community safety.

In testimony whereof, I have caused

the Great Seal of the State to be

hereunto affixed GIVEN under my

hand at Augusta this third

day of June in the Year of our

Lord Two Thousand and Four.

John E. Baldacci

Governor

Dan A. Gwadosky

Secretary of State