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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:

James Monroe Day

WHEREAS, James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Spence Monroe and Eliza Jones Monroe on April 28, 1758, and studied at the College of William & Mary; and,

WHEREAS, James Monroe fought with the Continental Army in six major engagements in the Revolutionary War, and was seriously wounded at Trenton, earning recognition from General George Washington as “a brave and active officer;” and,

WHEREAS, as a young political leader, James Monroe served in Virginia’s legislature and represented Virginia at the Constitutional Convention in 1788; and,

WHEREAS, in 1790, Monroe was elected to represent the Commonwealth as a United States Senator; and,

WHEREAS, James Monroe served as United States’ Minister to France, Spain and Great Britain and, along with Robert R. Livingston, negotiated the Louisiana Purchase and subsequently served as Secretary of State and Secretary of War for President James Madison; and,

WHEREAS, James Monroe served with distinction as Governor of Virginia; and,

WHEREAS, James Monroe served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817-1825, during which time he announced the Monroe Doctrine, which denounced European intervention and colonization in the Western Hemisphere; and,

WHEREAS, April 28, 2022 marks the 264th anniversary of the birth of James Monroe, a dedicated public servant and leader in both Virginia and American history;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize April 28, 2022 as JAMES MONROE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.