Peter Francisco Day


WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco was abandoned as a young child near the present-day site of Hopewell, Virginia, in 1765, and he was taken in by Judge Anthony Winston, to live and work as an indentured servant; and            

WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco listened to Patrick Henry’s historic “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech outside a window at St. John’s Church in Richmond on March 23, 1775, and he eagerly joined the fight for American independence as a soldier in the American Revolutionary War at age sixteen; and 

WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco fought with remarkable courage in many battles, once saving the life of his commanding officer, and surviving multiple battlefield injuries over the course of the war to witness General George Washington’s decisive victory at Yorktown, Virginia; and 

WHEREAS, Peter Francisco was “a giant of a man” and is revered by many as an epic hero for his awe-inspiring feats of incredible strength, bravery and determination as a soldier, student and loyal patriot to the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation; and 

WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco served as the Sergeant-at-Arms in the House of Delegates of Virginia from 1825 until his death on January 16, 1831, and he was subsequently honored by the Virginia House of Delegates and buried with military honors in Richmond’s Shockoe Cemetery; and 

WHEREAS, Peter Francisco served his nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia with great honor, valor and distinction, and his important contributions to the shared history of our Commonwealth and nation are a testament to his character and integrity; and  

WHEREAS,  since 1973, the Virginia General Assembly has honored Peter Francisco’s service to our Commonwealth and nation by recognizing  March 15th of each year as Peter Francisco Day; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 15, 2014, as PETER FRANCISCO DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.