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WHEREAS, the first Germans to land in Virginia arrived at Jamestown aboard the vessel Mary and Margaret in 1608; and
WHEREAS, by 1620, German mineral specialists and saw-mill wrights followed to work and settled in the Virginia colony as skilled craftsmen, glassmakers, and carpenters; and
WHEREAS, German immigrants and their descendants have contributed to all aspects of Virginian and American culture, commerce, and history for more than 400 years; and
WHEREAS, on October 6, 2019, the Association of German-American Societies of Greater Washington, D.C., (AGAS) will celebrate the 1987 joint resolution of the United States Congress, signed by the President, proclaiming German-American Day; and
WHEREAS, German-American Day is an opportunity to recognize the large German-American community in Virginia, whose abilities and contributions strengthen Virginia’s culture and economy;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 6, 2019, as GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.