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WHEREAS, Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month is observed during the month of May to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to be home to a large Asian American and Pacific Islander population that contributes greatly to the prosperity and enrichment of our Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, for more than a century, Asian American and Pacific Islander men and women have made valuable contributions to all areas of life in Virginia, including government, business, arts and sciences, medicine, education, law enforcement, and the military; and
WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are deeply-rooted in both the United States and Virginia, reminding us of both proud and painful chapters of our history; and
WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Virginia have shared their rich culture and traditions while representing their communities through public service and advocacy; and
WHEREAS, diversity represents one of our greatest strengths, and by recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of Asian American and Pacific Islander men and women, our Commonwealth celebrates the importance of inclusion to building a brighter future for all of our citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to providing comprehensive support to ensure that Virginia is equitable and welcoming to all people; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and commemorate the essential contributions, sacrifices, and accomplishments that Asian American and Pacific Islanders have made to Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2020 as ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.