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WHEREAS, Blue Star Welcome Week recognizes more than 600,000 active-duty and transitioning military families who move to new communities each year; and
WHEREAS, the majority of these “permanent change of station” moves occur during the summer; and
WHEREAS, according to the 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, 27% of military families reported that they feel a sense of belonging to their local civilian community; and
WHEREAS, a sense of belonging is important to the wellbeing and readiness of active-duty military families; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia commits to ensuring that military families feel a strong sense of belonging to their local civilian communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 25 – October 2, 2021, as BLUE STAR WELCOME WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.