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WHEREAS, November 8, 2019, marks the 58th anniversary of the crash of Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8; and
WHEREAS, at the time, the crash of Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 on November 8, 1961, was the worst in Virginia history and the second deadliest in American history for a single civilian aircraft; and
WHEREAS, 74 Army recruits and three crew members perished in the crash at Byrd Field in Richmond, Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the tragedy resulted in substantial reforms to the governance of charter aircraft companies in the United States, and the way the Department of Defense transports troops within the United States; and
WHEREAS, in 1962, Congress mandated that all supplemental carriers reapply for certification by the Civil Aeronautics Board and meet the stricter safety, maintenance, insurance, and financial requirements; and
WHEREAS, Virginia pays tribute to the local first responders who courageously answered the call of duty to save the lives of the crash victims; and
WHEREAS, the family members and communities across the nation continue to mourn those who perished 58 years ago;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 8, 2019, as a DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR IMPERIAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 201/8 in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.