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WHEREAS, throughout the history of our great Commonwealth and nation, men and women of our Armed Forces have risked their lives to protect the interests of our country and defend our freedoms; and
WHEREAS, on this Memorial Day, citizens throughout Virginia remember those who have given their lives for their country, and comfort the families and friends who have lost loved ones; and
WHEREAS, since World War II, nearly 12,000 Virginians have died in armed conflict, and they are honored at the Virginia War Memorial; and
WHEREAS, we are forever indebted to the service members who have died in defense of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 31, 2021, as MEMORIAL DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.