THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
WHEREAS, the Preamble to the Constitution of the State of Idaho declares that “We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution”; and
WHEREAS, the Christian heritage of our nation is recognized in many public documents written by our forefathers and reflected in the practices in our public institutions and by our government officials; and
WHEREAS, Idaho has been richly blessed in natural beauty, reflecting God’s miracle of creation; and
WHEREAS, our community churches serve a vital function in binding citizens together through providing crucial education and charitable services; and
WHEREAS, the importance of our Christian heritage to the traditions and values of Idaho is immeasurable; and
WHEREAS, as we observe this special time of year, it is appropriate to recognize that Thanksgiving provides a specific time and reason for celebrating our Christian heritage;
NOW, THEREFORE, I PHILIP E. BATT, Governor of the State of Idaho, do hereby proclaim the week of November 23 through 29, 1997 to be CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK in Idaho, and encourage Idahoans to acknowledge the religious heritage of our great state and our nation and to observe this week appropriately.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my Hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Idaho at the Capitol in Boise on this Twenty-fourth day of July in the year of our Lord] Nineteen hundred ninety-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two hundred twenty-second and of the Statehood of Idaho the one hundred eighth.
PHILIP E. BATT
PETE T. CENARRUSA
SECRETARY OF STATE