2017 Geographic Names Awareness Week


WHEREAS, geographic place names provide signposts reflecting the relationships and cultures of the people who developed this great Nation; and

WHEREAS, the United States Board on Geographic Names was created in 1890 and established in its present form in 1947 to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government; and

WHEREAS, the Board continues to execute its mission by utilizing 21st century technology to help ensure standardization and collaboration among federal, state, and local stakeholders, and helping to preserve our nation’s traditions, local histories and cultures, and our national heritage; and

WHEREAS, the Board relies on the State Geographic Names Authorities to provide recommendations for names within their respective states and on the Council of Geographic Names Authorities to bring these groups together each year to discuss the naming process; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia thanks the Council of Geographic Names Authorities for selecting Richmond for their annual meeting and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for convening in the “Old Dominion” for its monthly meeting; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has a rich heritage of place names derived from the languages of our American Indian and immigrant ancestors, and it is our responsibility to appreciate Virginia’s unique naming tradition and its four hundred year history;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 8-12, 2017, as GEOGRAPHIC NAMES AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.