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WHEREAS, commanded by General José de San Martín, the Liberating Expedition of Peru successfully liberated the capital city of Lima from Spanish Royalist forces, and Peruvian Independence was declared on July 28, 1821; and
WHEREAS, the first Constituent Congress of Peru was installed on September 20, 1822, and began the work of drafting the first Constitution of the Republic of Peru; and
WHEREAS, on December 9, 1824, the United Liberation Army of Peru defeated the Royalist army at the Battle of Ayacucho under the leadership of Liberator Simón Bolívar and General Antonio José de Sucre; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s Peruvian community enriches the Commonwealth with their contribution of prominent business owners, recognized professionals, elected officials, traditions, food, and culture; and
WHEREAS, each year, in observance of Peru’s independence, Virginians can enjoy a variety of foods, musical groups, and cultural performances representing the rich and diverse culture of Peru; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrates Peruvian Independence Day in unity with Peruvian and Latin American families, organizers, and participants throughout Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize July 28, 2021, as the 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF PERUVIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.