WHEREAS, on August 15, 1947, India gained its independence from the British Empire; and
WHEREAS, the Indian Independence Act of 1947 was approved by the British Parliament; which allowed the Constituent Assembly of India to write the Constitution of India, marking the beginning of India’s independence after nearly two centuries of British rule; and
WHEREAS, the Indian independence movement was led by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Patel, and through their message of nonviolence and civil disobedience, they inspired civil rights leaders from around the world, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and
WHEREAS, India’s Independence Day is one of India’s three national holidays and is celebrated by 1.3 billion people across the country with flag-hosting ceremonies, kite-flying, and parades; and
WHEREAS, diversity is one of the Commonwealth’s greatest strengths, and Virginia is proud to be home to a large Indian-American population who contribute greatly to the social, economic, and civic health of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia joins with our Indian-American community in celebrating India’s independence;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 15, 2019, as the 73rd INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.