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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:

Truck Driver Appreciation Week

WHEREAS, the more than 3.5 million hard-working men and women who drive trucks are the unsung heroes of the American highway and economy, traveling nearly 328 billion miles to deliver nearly 73 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage each year to keep our economy moving; and

WHEREAS, the trucking industry plays a critical role in Virginia’s economy by transporting 94 percent of the manufactured freight tonnage that moves into and out of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginians rely on the dedicated service of professional truck drivers to keep the shelves of our local supermarkets fully stocked; deliver medicine and medical supplies to hospitals and clinics; and deliver goods at every stage of production – from raw materials to the store shelf; and

WHEREAS, the men and women professional truck drivers of the Commonwealth of Virginia safely deliver more than 190,000 tons of freight each business day to over 86 percent of Virginia’s communities who depend solely on professional truck drivers to receive the goods they need; and

WHEREAS, more than 189,000 Virginians earn their living and provide for their families through employment in the trucking industry, including the more than 45,000 citizens of the Commonwealth who work as professional tractor-trailer and delivery drivers; and

WHEREAS, the efficiency and safety of professional truck drivers allow businesses and private citizens to confidently ship goods to and from the Commonwealth and throughout America; and

WHEREAS, during our most challenging times and in moments of natural disasters, professional truck drivers are among the first to respond, bringing critical goods to aid in our recovery; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of professional truck drivers to our well-being and the economic value of their industry to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America, it is proper to honor the men and women truck drivers for their past and future contributions;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize September 10-16, 2023, as TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and call this observance to the attention of our citizens.