Red Ribbon Week


WHEREAS, in 1985, the Red Ribbon Campaign began as a means to address the importance of a healthy, drug free youth; and

WHEREAS, the red ribbon was chosen as a symbol commemorating the work of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, who was murdered in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, by 1988, the Red Ribbon Campaign was adopted by Congress; and

WHEREAS, since 1988, the Red Ribbon Campaign has been sponsored by the National Family Partnership, which works year round to raise awareness of the social destruction caused by drugs in America; and

WHEREAS, cities across America continue to be plagued with the numerous problems associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; and

WHEREAS, local leaders in government and in the community are crucial to the support needed to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; and

WHEREAS, October 23-31, 2014, has been designated National Red Ribbon Week; and

WHEREAS, Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity to encourage people to seek the help they need, and to recognize the work of those providing education on drug-use, as well as those protecting youth from drug-use;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 23-31, 2014, as RED RIBBON WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.