STATE of WISCONSIN
OFFICE of the GOVERNOR
WHEREAS; the Preamble to the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin states that “We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…do establish this Constitution;” and
WHEREAS; Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, stated, “It is impossible to build an empire without our Father’s aid. I believe the sacred writings which say that ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1);’” and
WHEREAS; George Washington said, “animated alone by the pure spirit of Christianity, and conducting ourselves as the faithful subjects of our free government, we may enjoy ever temporal and spiritual felicity;” and
WHEREAS; Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote, “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are a gift from God?” and
WHEREAS; James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution, advocated “the diffusion of the light of Christianity in our nation;” and
WHEREAS; these, and many other truly great men and women of America, were statesmen of caliber and integrity who did not hesitate to express their faith;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, hereby proclaim November 18-24, 2012, as CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed.
Done at the Capitol in the City of Madison this 6th day of November 2012.
By the Governor:
DOUGLAS LA FOLLETTE
Secretary of State