^Vietnam War Veterans Day^|^Vietnam War Veterans Day^|2018-03-29 03:52:32:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, more than 230,000 Virginians served the nation in Vietnam, nearly 1,500 sacrificed their lives, and 46 Virginians are still listed as missing in action; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, of the 239 service members who were awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, eight were Virginians, including seven who died in action; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Virginians served in Vietnam from the beginning to the end, with a Virginian being one of the first casualties of the war in 1961, and one of the last in 1975; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Vietnam War was extremely divisive among people in this country, and the debate about the country's involvement in the war deprived many members of the Armed Forces of public support and appreciation of their patriotic service; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who returned from Vietnam were never accorded the recognition and praise that was routinely given returning servicemen and women in earlier wars; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, it is especially important that the extraordinary contributions of America's Vietnam War veterans and the sacrifice of their families be remembered and recognized; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 officially designated March 29 as the annual Vietnam War Veterans Day;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE</span></strong><span>, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 29, 2018, as <strong>VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY</strong> in the <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA</strong>, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^National Life Coaches Week^|^National Life Coaches Week^|2018-03-05 07:13:14:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the health and well-being of all Virginians are of utmost importance to the prosperity and livelihood of our Commonwealth&rsquo;s families and communities; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, life coaches play an important role in promoting leadership qualities and other positive characteristics in Virginians; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Virginia life coaches promote success through setting personal and professional goals, encouraging self-worth and providing guidance to their clients; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,&nbsp;</span><span>it is vital to support these professionals in their continuous efforts to improve lives throughout the Commonwealth; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, it is important to recognize that all citizens who receive life coaching in our Commonwealth benefit from the expertise and professionalism of Virginia's life coaches;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 5-10, 2018, as <strong>NATIONAL LIFE COACHES WEEK </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.&nbsp;</span></p>^
^Women In Construction Month^|^Women In Construction Month^|2018-03-04 07:18:11:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), founded in 1953, started as a local support network for the few women in the construction industry at the time; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, in 1955, the National Association of Women in Construction became nationally chartered, and today provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service, and more; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Richmond Chapter 141 has distinguished itself for 51 years as the voice of women in construction in the Southeast Region; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Richmond Chapter has unceasingly promoted the employment and advance of women in the construction industry; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the construction community has been a driving force behind community development through renovation and beautification projects, promotion of skilled trades, and a positive vision of the future; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Women in Construction Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the many dedicated workers and their steadfast support of women in construction;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 4-10, 2018, as <strong>WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood Awareness Month^|^Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood Awareness Month^|2018-03-01 07:33:25:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span>Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of 12 months that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the child&rsquo;s medical history</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, in 2016, there were approximately 445 cases of SUDC in the United States between the ages of 1 to 19 - including 236 children under the age of 5 - who die without any clear cause or explanation; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>while less common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which occurs before the first birthday, SUDC is an important health concern that deserves increased public awareness and research</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, at the present time, there is no way to prevent SUDC, as its cause is unknown</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, we recognize the dedicated efforts of organizations such as the SUDC Foundation, medical professionals, and volunteers who are working to better understand the causes of sudden unexplained death, improve the health of infants and children, and provide much needed hope and support for families grieving the heartbreaking sudden unexplained death of a child; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month provides us with an opportunity to honor the memory of the young lives that ended too soon, show encouragement and support for the families and loved ones forever devastated by their loss, and increase public awareness of SUDC and the ongoing search for answers</span><span>;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as <strong>SUDDEN UNEXPLAINED DEATH IN CHILDHOOD AWARENESS MONTH</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month^|^Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month^|2018-03-01 03:52:03:0|^<p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States, and currently there is no cure; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, symptoms include a change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, persistent abdominal discomfort, weakness and fatigue, and unexplained weight loss; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, many people with colorectal cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, in 2014, 139,992 individuals in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 73,396 men and 66,596 women, and 51,651 individuals died from colorectal cancer; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates are highest in African-American men and women; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, the survival rate of individuals who have early stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent, but is only 14 percent when diagnosed after it has spread to other organs; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, the rates of new colorectal cancer cases and deaths among adults aged 50 years or older are decreasing in the United States due to an increase in regular screenings; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>,&nbsp;the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is that 80 percent of Americans ages 50 and older be screened by the year 2018; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>,&nbsp;Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to offer education on the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and the importance of early detection and screening;</p> <p><strong>NOW, THEREFORE,&nbsp;</strong>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as&nbsp;<strong>COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH&nbsp;</strong>in our&nbsp;<strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,&nbsp;</strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</p>^
^Certified Government Financial Manager Month^|^Certified Government Financial Manager Month^|2018-03-01 03:43:54:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Richmond Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants is a professional organization and part of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), which has a network of more than 14,000 members in 101 chapters in the United States and around the world; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, approximately 307 active members of the AGA representing state, federal, municipal, and private sector accountants, auditors, and financial managers living in Virginia; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, AGA Richmond Chapter members have responded to AGA&rsquo;s mission of advancing government accountability, as it continues its broad educational efforts with an emphasis on high standards of conduct, honor, and character in its Code of Ethics; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, AGA Richmond Chapter members are making significant advances both in professional ability and in service to the residents of Virginia by mastering increasingly technical and complex requirements; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) program of AGA provides a means of demonstrating professionalism and competency by requiring CGFM candidates to have appropriate educational and employment history and to abide by AGA&rsquo;s Code of Ethics; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, CGRM also requires candidates to pass three examinations requiring expertise in governmental environment, governmental financial management and control, governmental accounting, and financial reporting and budgeting. It also requires each CGFM holder to maintain certification by completing at least 80 hours of continuing professional education in government financial management topics or related technical subjects every two years;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW</span></strong><span>, <strong>THEREFORE</strong>, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as <strong>CERTIFIED GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL MANAGER MONTH</strong>&nbsp;in the <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA</strong>, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Governmental Purchasing Month^|^Governmental Purchasing Month^|2018-03-01 03:42:44:0|^<p><strong>WHEREAS, </strong>the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is the largest chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, with approximately 1,100 procurement professionals employed by nearly 350 public entities in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, the VAGP membership is comprised of cities, counties, towns, state agencies, colleges, universities, public schools, hospitals, political subdivisions, authorities, and community services boards throughout Virginia; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS, </strong>the Capital Area Purchasing Association (CAPA), is also a large chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, and represents approximately 290 professional public purchasers from more than 55 public entities in the Virginia Capital Region; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS, </strong>purchasing and materials management professionals work diligently to establish and maintain ethical standards in buying and selling in order to make procurement methods more efficient and to promote professionalism in public purchasing; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS, </strong>the purchasing and materials management professions engage in, or have direct responsibility for, executing, implementing and administering contracts, developing forecasts and procurement strategies, supervising and monitoring the flow and storage of materials, and developing working relationships with suppliers; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS, </strong>governmental purchasing professionals contribute positively to our Commonwealth&rsquo;s public agencies and services by improving purchasing methods and practices and by using new technology to increase efficiency and improve processes;</p> <p><strong>NOW, THEREFORE, </strong>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as <strong>GOVERMENTAL PURCHASING MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</p>^
^Neuromyelitis Optica Awareness Month^|^Neuromyelitis Optica Awareness Month^|2018-03-01 08:08:27:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), previously known as Devic&rsquo;s disease, is a rare autoimmune disease that primarily affects the eye nerves and spinal cord</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, NMO occurs when the body&rsquo;s immune system reacts against its own cells; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, NMO may cause blindness, weakness or paralysis in the legs or arms, painful spasms, loss of sensation, uncontrollable vomiting and hiccups, and bladder or bowel dysfunction from spinal cord damage; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, an estimated 4,000 people in the United States have NMO, and it is 80 percent more common in women than men; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the cause of NMO is still largely unknown, and NMO is often misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, but it is its own distinct condition; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, while there is no cure for NMO, there are therapies aimed at treating episodes in progress, reducing symptoms, and preventing relapses; and<span><br /></span></span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, increasing awareness about NMO has caused NMO diagnoses to rise, as doctors have become better able to recognize the varying manifestations of the disease; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the NMO community is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of this disease in order to promote research, improve patient care and outcomes, and find a cure;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as <strong>NEUROMYELITIS OPTICA AWARENESS MONTH&nbsp;</strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^March Is Mediation Month^|^March Is Mediation Month^|2018-03-01 08:07:30:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, 2018 marks the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the passage of the dispute resolution proceedings statute that continues to play an important role in institutionalizing the use of mediation in the courts in Virginia; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, with continued adherence to the 2002 Virginia Administrative Dispute Resolution Act, numerous governmental entities in the Commonwealth are demonstrating a commitment to application of creative problem solving when faced with complex issues and disputes; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Dispute Resolution Services in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia continues to administer the mediator certification program, providing a way for the public to locate a mediator for individual services; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners, through their significant expertise in helping stakeholders find durable solutions to important issues, have demonstrated the value of the field of alternative dispute resolution and the value of mediation as a tool for peacemaking between and among individuals, groups, neighborhoods, and countries; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, many of Virginia&rsquo;s universities, colleges, and law schools often incorporate mediation into their curricula and programs; leaders, managers, and supervisors apply mediation practices and skills in the workplace; and not-for-profit community-based dispute resolution centers provide opportunities to resolve issues effectively and affordably in communities; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, an increasing number of professional entities in Virginia contribute to and provide quality dispute resolution services; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Commonwealth of Virginia continues to be a leader in promoting the use of such principles and practices;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as <strong>MARCH IS MEDIATION MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month^|^Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month^|2018-03-01 07:51:51:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that damages the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects nerve cells; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, this damage slows down or blocks messages between the brain and body, leading to symptoms of MS, including visual disturbances, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, thinking and memory problems, and sensations such as numbness, prickling, or &ldquo;pins and needles;&rdquo; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, experts estimate that there are currently 400,000 people in the United States diagnosed with MS, and twice as many women than men are affected by MS; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, MS can be mild, or can cause individuals to lose their ability to write, speak, or walk; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, most individuals experience their first symptoms of MS between the ages of 20 and 40; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the exact cause of MS is unknown and there is no cure, but there are treatments for initial attacks, medications and therapies to improve symptoms, and recently developed drugs to slow the worsening of the disease; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the MS Alliance of Virginia (MSAV) provides programs and services for anyone in Virginia whose life has been affected by MS; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, raising public awareness of MS will lead to increased support and services for families in the Commonwealth of Virginia that are impacted by this disease;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as <strong>MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) EDUCATION AND AWARENESS MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Endometriosis Awareness Month^|^Endometriosis Awareness Month^|2018-03-01 07:11:04:0|^<p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, the health and well-being of all Virginians is of great importance to the prosperity, happiness, and livelihood of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting at least five million women in the United States; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue releases within the abdominal cavity, often causing significant damage to the reproductive system; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, although extremely rare, endometriosis can also attach to and damage other vital organs; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, endometriosis can be characterized by infertility and digestive problems, and chronic pelvic or intestinal pain, which may lead to depression, tiredness, and irritability, and can place a heavy burden on interpersonal relationships and workplace productivity; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, many women who suffer from endometriosis face misdiagnosis, financial burden, emotional distress, adverse side effects of hormonal treatment therapies, and sometimes numerous surgeries; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, a group of women from EndoMarch Team Virginia and Virginia HOPE will participate in the 5<sup>th</sup> annual International March for endometriosis awareness; and</p> <p><strong>WHEREAS</strong>, Endometriosis Awareness Month is an opportunity to garner support for further research of the disease, and increased education about and mindfulness of the symptoms that affect women with endometriosis;</p> <p><strong>NOW, THEREFORE, </strong>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as <strong>Endometriosis Awareness month </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</p>^
^School Board Clerk Appreciation Week^|^School Board Clerk Appreciation Week^|2018-02-19 06:02:26:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, school board clerks in each locality throughout the Commonwealth are appointed by law to fulfill their duties and responsibilities; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>school board clerks are responsible for keeping accurate records of the meetings and proceedings of the school board, a record of all receipts and disbursements, and a record of all official acts; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, school board clerks perform other duties in connection with the school business of his or her county or city as may be required by the school board; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>school board clerks maintain frequent contact with the public, including parents, employees, and the media, on behalf of the school board and superintendent; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, school board clerks, in the performance of their duties, are often required to work extra hours attending school board meetings; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, school board clerks ensure that students achieve their highest potential and provide an invaluable service for school board members and superintendents;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE</span></strong><span>, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 19-23, 2018, as <strong><span>SCHOOL BOARD CLERK APPRECIATION WEEK</span></strong> in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA</strong>, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^National Engineers Week^|^National Engineers Week^|2018-02-18 07:15:09:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Virginia is committed to training individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and degrees; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, engineers are professional practitioners within the STEM field who use scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to solve technical, societal, and commercial problems; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, engineers face many challenges in the 21<sup>st</sup> century &ndash; from rebuilding localities devastated by natural disaster, cleaning up the environment, and ensuring safe, clean, and efficient sources of energy, to designing information systems that will assist our country in various sectors; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, engineers serve as a source of encouragement for young math and science students across the Commonwealth of Virginia to realize the power and influence of STEM programs and degrees; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, National Engineers Week celebrates the many contributions engineers make to our society and thanks them for their continued service to Virginia;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 18-24, 2018, as <strong>NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^National Court Reporting and Captioning Week (1)^|^National Court Reporting and Captioning Week^|2018-02-10 02:41:51:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, since the rise of civilization, society has relied on scribes to translate spoken word into text in order to keep historical records</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, in Ancient Egypt, scribes were elite guardians of history and culture, recording laws and other important documents, and scribes have continued to serve as impartial historical record keepers ever since; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, scribes were present with our nation&rsquo;s founding fathers as the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were drafted, and President Lincoln entrusted scribes to record the Emancipation Proclamation; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, since the advent of shorthand machines, scribes have been known as court reporters or captioners and have played an invaluable role in courtrooms across the nation; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, court reporters work with the United States Congress, diligently preserving members&rsquo; words and actions; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, court reporters and captioners are responsible for the closed captioning seen scrolling across television screens, at sporting stadiums, and in other community and educational settings, bringing information to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans every day; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, court reporters and captioners dedicate themselves to impartially preserving our history, and the Commonwealth of Virginia appreciates the tremendous work they perform;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 17-24, 2018, as <strong><span>NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK </span></strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Enrolled Agent Week^|^Enrolled Agent Week^|2018-02-04 07:09:03:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the fiscal health and well-being of Virginia&rsquo;s people, businesses, and institutions is critical to the continued vitality and prosperity of the Commonwealth; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, enrolled agents are professionals who have earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by either passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test, or through experience as a former IRS employee; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the enrolled agent profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the U.S. Treasury Department; and<strong><br /></strong></span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, enrolled agents assist taxpayers with issues ranging from the annual compliance filing of a tax return to more complex issues of audits, liens, levies, appeals, and collections; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, their knowledge, professionalism, and integrity make the enrolled agent &ldquo;America's Tax Expert&reg;&rdquo;; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, enrolled agents have been important to both Virginia taxpayers and to the Virginia Department of Taxation; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Enrolled Agent Week recognizes agents for their hard work and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses, and institutions across Virginia;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 4-10, 2018, as <strong>ENROLLED AGENT WEEK </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^School Board Appreciation Month (2)^|^School Board Appreciation Month^|2018-02-01 06:01:15:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>the education of Virginia&rsquo;s school-aged children is the foundation upon which the economic, social, and intellectual strength of our Commonwealth is built</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>locally elected and appointed school board members play an important role in our representative democracy, as the decisions of local school boards directly influence instruction in Virginia&rsquo;s public schools</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>the leadership of our school boards affects the development and future of our children and ensures that students are prepared to compete in local, state, national, and global economies</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>local school boards devote themselves to providing a high-quality education for all students in the Commonwealth</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>school board members work with parents, businesses, educational professionals, and other community members to create and sustain an educational vision for our students</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud of our educational system and appreciates the efforts of local school board members to make the Virginia public school system an excellent place in which to educate our youth</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>School Board Appreciation Month recognizes school board members for their leadership and support of a public school system from which the entire Commonwealth benefits;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 2018 as <strong><span>SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH&nbsp;</span></strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Career and Technical Education Month (3)^|^Career and Technical Education Month^|2018-02-01 04:40:22:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, economic and technological changes in our society are rapidly reflected in the structure and nature of today&rsquo;s workplace, thereby placing new and additional responsibilities on our educational system; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, career and technical education provides students with a career pathway for postsecondary education and workplace readiness; serves as the foundation of a strong, well-educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry; and contributes to Virginia&rsquo;s leadership in the international marketplace; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, career and technical education gives citizens experience in practical, meaningful applications of basic skills, including reading, writing, and mathematics; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, career and technical education offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills that provide them with more career choices, expanded earning potential, and greater job satisfaction; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the cooperative and ever-increasing efforts between career and technical educators, administrators, and representatives of business and industry stimulate the growth and vitality of our Commonwealth&rsquo;s economy by preparing citizens for careers in high-demand, high-wage, and highly technologically-skilled areas in a global economy; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, this year&rsquo;s theme, <em>Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!</em>, demonstrates the crucial role that career and technical education plays in readying our students for successful careers;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 2018 as <strong>CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA</strong>, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Black History Month^|^Black History Month^|2018-02-01 10:26:58:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> Virginians of all backgrounds and experiences contribute to the rich diversity, storied history, and promising future of our Commonwealth, and it is important for Virginians to recognize the contributions to our society made by all of our citizens; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>African Americans have made significant contributions to Virginia and American history, and Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a native of Buckingham County, and the son of formerly enslaved persons, who went on to become the second African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, dedicated his life to researching and sharing the history of African Americans by founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and the <em>Journal of Negro History</em>, publishing significant scholarly works and establishing Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> in 1619, the first Africans arrived at the English colonies at Old Point Comfort, Virginia, on the English ships <em>White Lion </em>and <em>Treasurer</em>, and some of these individuals were sold in exchange for food, and others were transported to Jamestown, where they were sold again, likely into slavery; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, in 1670, a Virginia law passed that defined slaves-for-life as all non-Christian servants brought to the colony &ldquo;by shipping,&rdquo; which ensured that all men, women, and children that were transported to the Virginia colonies were enslaved for the entirety of their life; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, between 1670 and 1865, Virginia&rsquo;s enslaved population would expand to 550,000 individuals, which constituted one third of the Commonwealth&rsquo;s population, and although an act of Congress in 1808 banned the international slave trade, one of Virginia&rsquo;s largest industries included the domestic slave trade; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, prior to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, countless numbers of enslaved men, women and children resisted the degradation of slavery and sought freedom; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, during the American Civil War, hundreds of black men fought and died as enlisted men in the United States Colored Troops, seeking life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as a free people, and five Virginians &ndash;</span><span>Powhatan Beaty (5th USCT), James Gardiner (36th USCT), Miles James (36th USCT), Edward Ratcliff (38th USCT), and Charles Veal (4th USCT) &ndash; were awarded the Medal of Honor for their service and sacrifice during the war; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the surrender of General Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865, which marked the end of the American Civil War, and the ratification of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, allowed men, women, and children to be set free from human slavery and start their lives as fully free citizens; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, after the American Civil War, during the era of Reconstruction between 1865-1877, as a condition of readmission into the Union, former slave states were required by Congress to create reconstructed governments, hold state conventions, and establish new constitutions; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, in Virginia, African American men were given the right to vote for and to be elected delegates to the convention, and 24 African American men were elected to the 1867-1868 Virginia Constitutional Convention, which drafted and passed the Virginia Constitution of 1869; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, between 1867 and 1890, during Reconstruction, nearly 100 African American men won election to the convention, the House of Delegates, and the Senate of Virginia, and hundreds more in city and county government offices or as postal workers and other federal jobs; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, prominent African Americans in the Commonwealth who were elected or appointed to serve in local, state, or federal government include: the Honorable Arenda L. Wright Allen,</span><span>the Honorable Peter Jacob Carter, the Honorable Willie J. Dell, the Honorable Roland J. &lsquo;Duke&rsquo; Ealey, the Honorable Roger Gregory, the Honorable Curtis Harris, the Honorable Leroy R. Hassell, Sr.,</span><span>the Honorable Willis A. Hodges,</span><span>the Honorable John M. Langston,</span><span>the Honorable Henry L. Marsh,</span><span>the Honorable Yvonne B. Miller, the Honorable Daniel M. Norton, the Honorable William F. &ldquo;Fergie&rdquo; Reid,</span><span>the Honorable Spottswood William Robinson, III, the Honorable Robert &ldquo;Bobby&rdquo; Scott, the Honorable John Charles Thomas, the Honorable L. Douglas Wilder, and many others; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, notable civil rights leaders and lawyers in Virginia who advanced the cause of liberty, justice, and equality for African Americans in the Commonwealth and throughout the nation include:</span><span> <span>Eugene Allen,</span> Ella Baker, </span><span>Betty Ann Kilby Fisher Baldwin, Henry &lsquo;Box&rsquo; Brown, Anthony Burns, Evelyn Thomas Butts, Esther Georgia Irving Cooper, Herbert V. Coulton, Sr., James Farmer, Dr. Calvin Coolidge Green, Reverend Leslie Francis Griffin, Reverend Dr. Curtis West Harris, Andrew Heidelberg, Dorothy Height, Oliver Hill, Esq., Gloria Jean Mead Jinadu, Barbara Johns, Reverend Vernon Johns, Margie Jumper, Elizabeth Keckley, Betty Ann Kilby, Reverend James Kilby, Irene Amos Morgan Kirkaldy, Richard and Mildred Loving, Lavinia Marian Fleming Poe, the Richmond 34, Ora Brown Stokes, Gregory Hayes Swanson, William Thornton, M.D., Sam Tucker, Nat Turner, Maggie L. Walker, Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, Reverend Dr. Raymond R. Wilkinson, and many others; </span><span>and</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, distinguished African American educators, scientists, doctors, and journalists in Virginia history include: George Freeman Bragg, Dr. Virgie M. Binford, </span><span>Raymond H. Boone, Sr., </span><span>John Andrew Bowler, Rosa L. Dixon Bowser, Mary Elizabeth Branch, Lucy Goode Brooks, George O. Brown, John H. Davis, Jennie Serepta Dean, John Malcus Ellison, Jean Louise Harris, M.D.,&nbsp; Mary Winston-Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Sarah Garland Boyd Jones, Henrietta Lacks, John Mitchell, Jr., Dr. Robert Russa Moton, Samuel DeWitt Proctor, James Solomon Russell, William Henry and Lucy Gantt Sheppard, Lucy F. Simms, Dr. LaVerne Byrd Smith, Dorothy Vaughan, Ruby Clayton Walker, Booker T. Washington, Dr. James Edward Maceo West, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Roger Arliner Young, and others; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Virginia based newspapers such as <em>The Richmond Free-Press, The Richmond Planet</em>, <em>The</em> <em>Lancet</em>, and <em>The Norfolk Journal and Guide</em> gave a voice to the daily struggles for freedom and equality of African Americans throughout our Commonwealth and nation; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, renowned African American athletes and entertainers that are Virginians include: </span><span>Arthur Ashe</span><span>, Michael Eugene &ldquo;D&rsquo;Angelo&rdquo; Archer, Pearl Bailey, Ruth Brown, LaTasha Colander, Gabrielle &ldquo;Gabby&rdquo; Douglas, Kenny Easley, Jr,</span><span>Missy Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dr. Edwin B. Henderson, Allen Iverson, Lawrence &ldquo;LoJo&rdquo; Johnson, </span><span>Willie Lanier, Moses Malone, Timothy &ldquo;Timbaland&rdquo; Mosley, Francena McCorory, Don Pullen, Bill &ldquo;Bojangles&rdquo; Robinson, Ralph Sampson, Wendell Scott, Bruce Smith, Lonnie Smith, Wanda Sykes, Pharrell Williams, and many others</span><span>; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span>many other African Americans have made important contributions to our country, including Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, the Honorable Blanche K. Bruce, the Honorable Shirley A. Chisholm, Miles Davis, W.E.B. DuBois, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Langston Hughes, James W. Johnson, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Earl Lloyd, the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, the Honorable Barack H. Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gordon Parks, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>it is important to learn from the many lessons found in history&rsquo;s failures, successes, disappointments, and triumphs as we strive to pursue an inclusive vision of liberty, justice, and equality for all;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 2018 as <strong>BLACK HISTORY MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^India's 69th Republic Day^|^India's 69th Republic Day^|2018-01-26 08:27:59:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, on January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India, marking the country&rsquo;s transition toward an independent republic; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, known as Republic Day, January 26 is celebrated by individuals all over the world, with a grand parade held in New Delhi from the Rajghat along the Vijay path; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the parade is followed by displays from different states of the country, depicting people celebrating the event; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the National Council of Asian Indian Associations Inc. (NCAIA) and the Indian American Community Organizations of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region will host a celebration on January 28, 2018, in honor of India&rsquo;s 69<sup>th</sup> Republic Day at the Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, this celebration </span><span>offers an array of attractions, including authentic Indian cuisine, musical performances, youth events, and more; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, </span><span>the Republic Day is an opportunity to celebrate Virginia&rsquo;s thousands of Indian-Americans, whose abilities and contributions strengthen Virginia&rsquo;s economy, enrich Virginia&rsquo;s diverse culture, and invigorate Virginia&rsquo;s communities;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 26, 2018, as <strong>INDIA&rsquo;S 69<sup>th</sup> REPUBLIC DAY </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week (1)^|^Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week^|2018-01-22 04:42:09:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals make a significant difference for students and staff every day, impacting the effectiveness of teachers and the achievement of students; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals serve as educational leaders who motivate and inspire all members of the school staff and student body to engage in the learning process; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals are entrusted with the opportunity and the responsibility of guiding, directing, nurturing, mentoring, and imparting knowledge to our children while they are at school; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals work with teachers and staff to set academic standards and push students to excel; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, principals must work collaboratively with parents and the community-at-large to proactively prepare students to be self-reliant and productive citizens; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth of Virginia to continue to support and recognize the efforts of school principals who are positively impacting students, who are the future of Virginia; and</span></p> <p><span> <strong>WHEREAS</strong>, Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week is an opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of Virginia school principals in promoting quality education for every child;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 22-26, 2018, as <strong>VIRGINIA SCHOOL PRINCIPALS APPRECIATION WEEK </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week (3)^|^Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week^|2018-01-22 02:28:16:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are essential to Virginia&rsquo;s healthcare system, and they have provided high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for more than 150 years; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, CRNAs first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; the offices of podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; ambulatory surgical centers; U.S. Military and Public Health Services, and Veterans Administration medical facilities; and<br /> </span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week is an opportunity to thank the more than 1,450 CRNAs in the Commonwealth of Virginia who devote their lives to providing quality, safe, and cost-effective anesthesia services;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 22-28, 2018, as <strong>CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS WEEK </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (1)^|^Martin Luther King, Jr., Day^|2018-01-15 04:40:35:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, on January 15, 1929, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. &ndash; the transformational leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, and one of the most influential orators for peace, equality, and human rights in world history &ndash; was born in Atlanta, Georgia; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, throughout his life, Dr. King's transcendent words and actions inspired a shared vision of a future promised land in which people &ldquo;transformed the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood"; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>; this beautiful symphony of brotherhood envisioned a society where individuals were not judged &ldquo;by the color of their skin but by the content of their character&rdquo;; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Dr. King sacrificed his life to spread a message of universal equality and justice that touched the soul of our nation, and for his efforts to end racial segregation and discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means &ndash; such as his heroic leadership in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, the 1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the 1963 March on Washington &ndash; he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1964; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><strong><span>,</span></strong><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>Dr. King&rsquo;s words continue to resonate with the world today by reminding us of the imperative to continue the fight for justice and equality no matter the opposition, because &ldquo;the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy&rdquo;; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, people throughout the world continue to be inspired by Dr. King's vision and words, his strength of character and compassion, and his model for peaceful demonstration and dialogue; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Dr. King&rsquo;s goal of a just and united society and his efforts in the struggle for civil human rights have continued since his tragic assassination in 1968, and will go on until his dream of freedom, equality and justice for all is fully realized in the hearts, minds, and souls of the people of our Commonwealth, these United States, and the world;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 15, 2017, as <strong>MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., DAY </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^National Radon Action Month (1)^|^National Radon Action Month^|2018-01-01 02:37:36:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, contributing to more than 700 lung cancer deaths in Virginia each year; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, 46 of Virginia's 95 counties and 15 of Virginia&rsquo;s 38 cities have been identified as having a high risk for elevated radon exposure; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, exposure to elevated levels of radon in homes is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers in the Unites States; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, Virginians are encouraged to protect their families from the serious health risks associated with radon by taking measures to reduce elevated radon levels if found in their homes; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, inexpensive at-home radon test kits may be used to measure indoor levels of the naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, the Virginia Department of Health&rsquo;s Radon Program offers outreach and educational efforts to help combat the lung cancer risk posed by elevated levels of indoor radon gas; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, National Radon Action Month is an opportunity to educate individuals on the available measures to reduce radon;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 2018 as <strong>NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.</span></p>^
^Cervical Health Awareness Month^|^Cervical Health Awareness Month^|2018-01-01 02:36:23:0|^<p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth&rsquo;s families and communities; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> in 2014, 12,578 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer nationwide, and 4,115 died from the disease; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> regular cervical cancer screening tests are an effective way to detect the disease early, when it can still be successfully treated; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> cervical cancer vaccines are now widely available, and combined with regular screenings, they provide an effective means of preventing the disease; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>, in the past 40 years, the number of cases and deaths from cervical cancer decreased significantly due to the increase in regular screenings; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> increasing awareness of prevention and detection techniques among patients and health care providers is a key component in safe-guarding cervical health; and</span></p> <p><strong><span>WHEREAS</span></strong><span>,</span><span> throughout the month of January, organizations and healthcare practitioners are encouraged to promote awareness about cervical cancer, and to support patients currently battling cervical cancer and those who have lost loved ones to this disease;</span></p> <p><strong><span>NOW, THEREFORE, </span></strong><span>I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 2018 as <strong>CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH </strong>in our <strong>COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, </strong>and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.&nbsp;</span></p>^