WHEREAS, since the rise of civilization, society has relied on scribes to translate spoken word into text in order to keep historical records; and
WHEREAS, in Ancient Egypt, scribes were elite guardians of history and culture, recording laws and other important documents, and scribes have continued to serve as impartial historical record keepers ever since; and
WHEREAS, scribes were present with our nation’s founding fathers as the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were drafted, and President Lincoln entrusted scribes to record the Emancipation Proclamation; and
WHEREAS, since the advent of shorthand machines, scribes have been known as court reporters or captioners and have played an invaluable role in courtrooms across the nation; and
WHEREAS, court reporters work with the United States Congress, diligently preserving members’ words and actions; and
WHEREAS, court reporters and captioners are responsible for the closed captioning seen scrolling across television screens, at sporting stadiums, and in other community and educational settings, bringing information to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans every day; and
WHEREAS, court reporters and captioners dedicate themselves to impartially preserving our history, and the Commonwealth of Virginia appreciates the tremendous work they perform;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 17-24, 2018, as NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.