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India's 69th Republic Day

January 26, 2018

WHEREAS, on January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India, marking the country’s transition toward an independent republic; and

WHEREAS, known as Republic Day, January 26 is celebrated by individuals all over the world, with a grand parade held in New Delhi from the Rajghat along the Vijay path; and

WHEREAS, the parade is followed by displays from different states of the country, depicting people celebrating the event; and

WHEREAS, the National Council of Asian Indian Associations Inc. (NCAIA) and the Indian American Community Organizations of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region will host a celebration on January 28, 2018, in honor of India’s 69th Republic Day at the Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland; and

WHEREAS, this celebration offers an array of attractions, including authentic Indian cuisine, musical performances, youth events, and more; and

WHEREAS, the Republic Day is an opportunity to celebrate Virginia’s thousands of Indian-Americans, whose abilities and contributions strengthen Virginia’s economy, enrich Virginia’s diverse culture, and invigorate Virginia’s communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 26, 2018, as INDIA’S 69th REPUBLIC DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.