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WHEREAS, the working citizens of the Commonwealth are known internationally for their leadership and rightfully have earned a worldwide reputation for honesty, integrity, intelligence, skill and diligence; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth and the Nation have seen unprecedented challenges in the face of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, employers and workers have worked diligently to develop and adapt to new and rapidly changing standards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide safe, healthy environments for workers and patrons; and
WHEREAS, as a result of efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, millions of jobs were lost as the Commonwealth’s unemployment rate rose to 11.2% and the Nation’s unemployment rose to 14.7%, the highest level since the Great Depression; and
WHEREAS, in spite of the personal challenges and associated health risks, the tireless efforts of workers from the medical field, public safety, first responders, and essential services have kept Virginia moving forward; and
WHEREAS, Labor Day honors workers, celebrates their accomplishments, and offers working families a day of relaxation; and
WHEREAS, on September 5, 1882, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated, and Congress passed an act on June 28, 1894, declaring that the first Monday in September would henceforth be known and observed as the Labor Day Holiday;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 7, 2020, as LABOR DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.