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WHEREAS, the Fresh Air Fund provides free summer experiences to thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities each summer; and
WHEREAS, the Fresh Air Fund allows New York City children to visit the homes of volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada; and
WHEREAS, Virginia families have been participating in the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program for over 140 years; and
WHEREAS, the Fresh Air Fund allows children from New York City to enjoy Virginia backyards, parks, and wide open spaces; and
WHEREAS, the Fresh Air Fund is celebrating its 142nd summer;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 20, 2017, as FRESH AIR FUND DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.