For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013
Contact: Jennifer Murray
LANSING, Mich. – Today, the Michigan Senate passed SR 82, a resolution sponsored by Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) to once again designate September 11-17, 2013, as Michigan Patriot Week. These dates were selected in order to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11th attack and the signing of the United States Constitution.
The resolution is designed to recognize that each generation needs to renew the spirit of America based on America’s First Principles, historical figures, founding documents, and symbols of American history. It also encourages every American to honor and take note of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, 1787.
“I hope to honor and share the founding principles of our great nation,” Colbeck said. “It is important that we all take time out of our busy schedules to remember and honor our Founding Fathers and the brave men and women that have given their lives for our country. They are true Patriots that can help us stand united to continue our great republic.”
Judge Michael Warren, co-founder of Patriot Week, thanked the Senate for their continued recognition of the importance of remembering our country’s heritage. “We are very appreciative of the Michigan State Senate's unanimous, bipartisan support of Patriot Week for 5 years running,” Warren said. “It has placed Michigan in a leadership position and model in renewing the spirit of America across the country. As a free people, these efforts are indispensable to defending our liberties. Senator Colbeck's patriotic leadership is vital to meet this challenge.”
The resolution encourages American’s to consider and reflect upon our nations revolution, the rule of law, social compact, equality, unalienable rights, and limited government being the First Principles upon which America was founded and flourished and to honor visionary Americans such as Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Marshall, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
Additionally, the resolution encourages citizens to remember and recognize the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the congressional resolution forwarding the Constitution to the states, Marbury v. Madison, the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the “I Have a Dream” speech as being key documents that embody America’s founding principles.