WHEREAS, September 17, 2018, marks the 231st anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Constitution defined two axioms for our nation: the first for basic human equality and the second for a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Constitution declared that governing would be upheld by three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branch; and
WHEREAS, through all of its changes, the Constitution’s foundation has endured and adapted; and
WHEREAS, Constitution Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of our Founding Fathers and to honor the U.S. Constitution;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 17-23, 2018, as CONSTITUTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.