Armed Forces Day 2016


WHEREAS, on May 21, 2016, Virginians will honor and recognize the courage and dedication of the nation’s military service men and women; and

WHEREAS, President Truman established a single holiday to recognize and honor individuals who defend our nation both at home and abroad; and

WHEREAS, Armed Forces Day was announced on August 31, 1949, and we thanked all of our military branches in one day; and

WHEREAS, Virginians welcome the opportunity to pay special tribute to the brave men and women who keep our nation safe every day; and

WHEREAS, on this day, citizens of the Commonwealth express their gratitude to those who protect the freedoms that our country enjoys;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 21, 2016, as ARMED FORCES DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.