Azerbaijani National Day 2015

WHEREAS, Azerbaijani-Americans comprise an ethnic community with a recognized presence in Virginia, actively contributing to regional diversity, intercultural understanding, peace, and prosperity; and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Azerbaijan was established on May 28, 1918, and became the first democratic republic in the Turkic and Muslim world; and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Azerbaijan was among the first nation-states to grant suffrage to all citizens, and was recognized by other democratic nations, including the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, in the promulgation of its founders’ guiding principles and common values of respect for humanity and democracy, the Republic of Azerbaijan is a staunch ally and strategic partner of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Azerbaijani National Day is an opportunity to celebrate Virginia’s Azerbaijani-Americans, whose abilities and contributions strengthen Virginia’s economy, enrich Virginia’s diverse culture, and invigorate Virginia’s communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 28, 2015, as AZERBAIJANI NATIONAL DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.