WHEREAS, music is an art and harmonious force, intended to extend the radius of its influence among nations, groups, and individuals; and
WHEREAS, residents of the Commonwealth love all forms of music; and
WHEREAS, the pursuit of music through studying, composing, listening, and performing enriches our culture and lives; and
WHEREAS, this year will mark the 95th annual observance of National Music Week; and
WHEREAS, National Music Week provides an opportunity for the National Federation of Music Clubs and religious, educational, and civic groups to join with music lovers in emphasizing the joy and pleasure to be gained from making music;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 6-12, 2018, as NATIONAL MUSIC WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.