2017 Veterans Day


WHEREAS, throughout the history of our nation, our men and women in uniform have risked their lives to protect the interests of our country and defend our freedoms; and

WHEREAS, Virginians and Americans throughout the United States enjoy freedom because of the contributions and sacrifices made by those who have served and by those who continue to serve; and

WHEREAS, these sacrifices are also made by the family members who support these men and women in their efforts to preserve the liberties that enrich both this nation and Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to be the home of about 800,000 veterans; and

WHEREAS, on this Veterans Day, Virginians remember that we are forever indebted to the service members who have fought and died in defense of our country; and

WHEREAS, parades and ceremonies, military exhibits, and tributes to distinguished Veterans serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own Veterans Day observances; and

WHEREAS, as we reflect upon the enormous contributions made to our Commonwealth and country by our fallen heroes, we also pay tribute to a new generation of Virginians who have chosen to serve in the United States Armed Forces and remain committed to sustaining this legacy of unyielding patriotism;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 11, 2017, as VETERANS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.