WHEREAS, on December 1, 2018, Romanians across the United States will celebrate 100 years since the Great Union of Romanians, which led to the consolidation of a modern state inspired by the principles of freedom, democracy, economic liberty, and social progress; and
WHEREAS, the United States and Romania share a deep and longstanding friendship and a strategic partnership built around democratic values, historical ties, and a joint commitment to advancing the strength of transatlantic security and the promise of their mutual prosperity; and
WHEREAS, the talent, energy, and creativity of successive generations of Romanian-Americans, their rich cultural heritage, and their contribution to American progress are precious features of American society; and
WHEREAS, ties between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Romania are increasingly more diverse due to an expansion in bilateral trade, educational programs, and the advent of an open community of American and Romanian youth who engage freely in innovation and entrepreneurship;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize December 1, 2018, as the 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROMANIA’S GREAT UNION in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.