Military Appreciation Month


WHEREAS, the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, given by God and enumerated in our Declaration of Independence, secured by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and enjoyed by every citizen of the United States, are a direct result of the blood that has and continues to be shed by the service of the members of the United States Armed Forces; and 

WHEREAS, the sacrifices made by the members of the United States Armed Forces and the family members who support them preserve the liberties that enrich both this nation and  Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginians have a proud history of service in the United States Armed Forces in both times of peace and times of war; and 

WHEREAS, many Virginians continue to serve on active duty and in the National Guard, and in the reserve components of the Armed Forces; and 

WHEREAS, more than 830,000 veterans currently reside in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Virginia wish to recognize and honor all members of the United States Armed Forces, past and present, as well as their families, for their service and sacrifice;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2014 as MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.