WHEREAS, November is National Veterans and Military Families Month; and
WHEREAS, nearly 300,000 active duty military members and their families are stationed in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is home to approximately 740,000 veterans and has one of the fastest growing veteran populations in the nation; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia has the largest percentage of women veterans and veterans under the age of 28; and
WHEREAS, we recognize and honor these veterans and all military families who support our armed forces, as they protect our country from harm; and
WHEREAS, we respect and acknowledge the sacrifices veterans and military families make on a daily basis; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia calls upon all of its citizens to show their support for veterans and military families during the month of November;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 2018 as NATIONAL VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.