U.S. Submarine Veterans Appreciation Week
WHEREAS, the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated (USSVI) will hold their National Convention in Orlando, Florida on September 1 – 6, 2017, which marks the 117th anniversary of the Submarine Service; and
WHEREAS, the creed of Submarine Veterans is, in part, “to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in pursuit of their duties while serving their country”; and
WHEREAS, today the U.S. Submarine Service Fast Attack boats play a critical role as a “First Strike” force, and ballistic missile submarines roam the ocean as a deterrent against enemy attack; and
WHEREAS, nearly 4,000 Submarine Sailors have given their lives while defending this great country; and
WHEREAS, the USS Florida (SSBN-728/SSGN-728), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, is the sixth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for the Sunshine State; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida proudly honors all Submarine Sailors who have served out nation in appreciation for the critical role they have played, and will continue to play, in the defense of the citizens of the United States of America;
NOW, THEREFORE, I Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing September 1-6, 2017 as U.S. Submarine Veterans Appreciation Week.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 27th day of July, in the year two thousand seventeen.