German-American Day


WHEREAS, the first Germans to land in Virginia arrived at Jamestown aboard the vessel Mary and Margaret in 1608; and

WHEREAS, by 1620, German mineral specialists and saw-millwrights followed to work and settle in the Virginia colony as skilled craftsmen, glassmakers, and carpenters; and 

WHEREAS, German immigrants and their descendents have contributed to all aspects of Virginian and American culture, commerce, and history for over 400 years; and

WHEREAS, on October 6, 2014, the Association of German-American Societies of Greater Washington D.C. (AGAS) will celebrate the 1987 joint resolution of the United States Congress, signed by the president, proclaiming German-American Day; and

WHEREAS, German-American Day is an opportunity to recognize the large German-American community in Virginia, whose abilities and contributions strengthen Virginia’s culture and economy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 6, 2014, as GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.