Governor signs proclamations

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Gov. Laura Kelly signed eight proclamations in a series of ceremonies Friday.

Among them was declaring August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
Groups like Kansas Action For Children and the Kansas Breast Feeding Coalition joined officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and lawmakers, in encouraging moms to breastfeed.

The governor also named August "Kansas Proud Month." It honors the heritage and sacrifices of past and present members of the Kansas National Guard.

Col. Matthew Oleen, of the Kansas Army National Guard, expressed his gratitude for the ceremony.

"It's always a special thing for the guys to dress up, to get to meet the governor,” Oleen said. “The governor is our commander and chief and show a little bit of pride in the national guard, what we do, and who we work for which is the people of Kansas."

Kansas Pride Month also celebrates the guard's 164-year history in the state.