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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:

Women Veterans Week

WHEREAS, throughout Virginia’s and our nation’s history, women have served in and alongside the United States Armed Forces to secure and preserve freedom and liberty for all Americans and our allies; and,

WHEREAS, American women have demonstrated great skill, sacrifice, and commitment to defending the principles upon which our nation was founded; and,

WHEREAS, more than 35,000 women served in WWI, 350,000 in WWII, more than 1,000 (in theater) in the Korean War, and more than 7,500 (in theater) women served throughout the world during the Vietnam War, and another 41,000 (in theater) women were deployed during Operation Desert Storm risking their lives to serve their country; and,

WHEREAS, women continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces in times of conflict and peace with great honor and bravery in defense of our nation; and,

WHEREAS, women veterans are the fastest-growing segment of Virginia’s veteran population and more than 109,000 women who served in our military call the Commonwealth home – the highest percentage of women veterans of any state in the nation; and,

WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize the courage, honor, and dignity with which women have served bravely and continue to serve courageously in defense of our nation and our Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize March 20-26, 2022 as WOMEN VETERANS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.