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WHEREAS, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclamation recognizing May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week; and
WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of Virginians is important to the prosperity of Virginia’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, police officers throughout our Commonwealth work tirelessly to protect and serve citizens across the Commonwealth, enforce our laws, and keep our neighborhoods, schools, and families safe; and
WHEREAS, police officers risk their lives each and every day in order to ensure public safety; and
WHEREAS, Virginians value the courage and devotion of our Commonwealth’s local, state, and other public sector police, as our collective prosperity depends on the integrity with which our law enforcement officers maintain peace and security; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day are opportunities to honor officers who have fallen in the line of duty, and recognize the sacrifices made by the families of those officers and the families of those who continue to protect and serve our communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 13-19, 2018, as VIRGINIA POLICE WEEK, and May 15, 2018, as PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call these observances to the attention of all our citizens.