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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:

Irish American Heritage Month

WHEREAS, generations of Irishmen and women have helped shape the identity of America, overcoming hardship and strife through strength, sacrifice, faith, and family; and

WHEREAS, the Irish are inextricably linked to the growth of the United States in fields ranging from literature, education and science, to politics, law enforcement and military; and

WHEREAS, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Irish American inventors and entrepreneurs who have helped define our country as the land of opportunity; and

WHEREAS, in October 1990, the 101st United States Congress passed Public Law 101-418, which established March 1991 as Irish American Heritage Month, and the president issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year; and

WHEREAS, as we celebrate Irish American Heritage Month, we recognize the sacrifices and contributions of more than 750,000 Virginians of Irish descent that strengthen the Spirit of Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize March 2024, as IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.