The following proclamation was issued by Alaska’s Governor Tony Knowles concerning July 16 as a Day of Remembrance. I ask vets around the country to thank Governor Knowles, himself a military veteran. Thanks, Terry T. Brady, Alaska State Commander NAAV
Executive Proclamation by Tony Knowles, Governor
The world’s first atomic weapons explosion occurred on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico. Today we honor the veterans and civilians who, in the course of their service to this nation, were exposed to harmful atomic radiation.
The harm done by exposure to radiation is not immediately noticeable, but can come years, even generations, after the exposure. From the first atomic explosion, called Trinity, to the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to Cold War test sites in Nevada and the Pacific, to Desert Storm, these servicemen and women made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, long after they stopped fighting.
Veterans have protected freedom and served this country in time of peace and war. Along with all veterans, those who served in the shadow of radiation showed their own patriotism and courage. Their stories and those of their families must be told.
Now therefore, I, Tony Knowles, Governor, the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim July 16, 2000, as:
Atomic Veterans Remembrance Day
In Alaska, and encourage all residents to recognize and honor our atomic veterans for their sacrifices, patriotism and courage. A day of remembrance can further the cause of peace and ensure that the dangers of nuclear weapons are not ignored.
Dated, July 7, 2000.
Tony Knowles, Governor
Who has also authorized the seal of the State of Alaska to be affixed to this proclamation.