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WHEREAS, the Classics and classical antiquity continue to play an important role in modern society – from government and laws to literature, language and arts; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Junior Classical League is committed to furthering education in the Classics while bettering the future of American communities – through educational ventures, public activities, and community service endeavors; and
WHEREAS, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, there are 89 chapters comprised of thousands of middle and high school Latin, Greek, and Classics students; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Virginia Junior Classical League recognize the positive influence of classical culture upon our society by giving back in their communities in affirmation of the classical principle that good citizenship is inseparable from education; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Classics Week is held in commemoration of the traditional “birthday” of Rome – April 21st – offering the opportunity to promote and connect with the legacies of Greece and Rome;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 15-21, 2019, as VIRGINIA CLASSICS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.