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WHEREAS, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, approved by Congress and enacted into law on April 21, 2009, requested that September 11th be observed as an annual “National Day of Service and Remembrance”; and
WHEREAS, Day to Serve is an annual event that transcends political and religious differences to unite people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with a shared goal of helping those in need; and
WHEREAS, volunteer efforts strengthen communities in the Commonwealth and volunteers serve with compassion; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to designate each day from September 11th to October 11th in 2015, and in each succeeding year, as a Day to Serve in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, between September 11th and October 11th, Virginians are encouraged to join with residents of Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to improve communities by recognizing and participating in “Day to Serve” activities; and
WHEREAS, the Office on Volunteerism and Service, in the Virginia Department of Social Services, offers numerous service projects throughout the Commonwealth between September 11th and October 11th; and
WHEREAS, all citizens, faith groups, businesses, and community organizations are invited to support and participate in community efforts to collect food, plant trees, clean up neighborhoods and parks, and address critical needs in their own backyards;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize each day from September 11, 2019, to October 11, 2019, as a 2019 DAY TO SERVE in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.