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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Curtis Walton Love Through Kindness Day

WHEREAS, Curtis Walton was born on September 30, 1986, to Bonnie Walton and the late Chief Petty Officer David Walton; and

WHEREAS, Curtis Walton graduated from Portsmouth Christian School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, and he later graduated summa cum laude from Old Dominion University where he served on the student government; and

WHEREAS, Curtis Walton participated in internships at the General Assembly with former Senator Ken Stolle and former Senator Harry Blevins, and he received the Boyd Fellowship to the prestigious Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Curtis Walton lived a life rooted in faith, family, and community, and he dedicated much of his 33 years of life to serving God and others through organizations like the Making a Difference Foundation, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, and the Portsmouth Youth Advisory Commission; and

WHEREAS, after graduating from Liberty University School of Law in 2012, Curtis Walton was admitted to the Virginia State Supreme Court and lower courts, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Virginia, and the Virginia Bar Association; and

WHEREAS, Curtis Walton, an esteemed attorney, served his country throughout his career in public service with the United States government in various agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of State; and

WHEREAS, as a refugee officer, Curtis Walton helped individuals seeking asylum in the United States determine their eligibility for immigration benefits, and at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he developed, executed, and facilitated new training programs for immigration officers across the United States; and

WHEREAS, Curtis Walton’s life ended on April 8, 2020, when he was killed while taking a walk in his Portsmouth neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of the Commonwealth are encouraged to remember Curtis Walton and keep his legacy alive through acts of kindness while also remembering the tremendous loss to Virginia, his mother Bonnie, his sister, Cheryl and his many friends and family members;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize April 8, 2023, as CURTIS WALTON LOVE THROUGH KINDNESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.