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WHEREAS, November is National Veterans and Military Families Month; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is home to approximately 714,000 veterans; and
WHEREAS, more than 156,000 Active Duty Service members, Reservists, National Guard, and over 200,000 military family members are stationed in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia has the largest percentage of women veterans of any state; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia has more than 80,300 military school aged children; 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 2019 as NATIONAL VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.