WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia has a long and proud tradition of producing and developing many talented and devoted leaders and public service providers, including eight United States Presidents who have called Virginia home; and
WHEREAS, this tradition of outstanding public service is advanced every day by 713,000 federal, state, and local public service employees who work diligently to improve the quality of life for Virginia's residents; and
WHEREAS, Virginia's public service employees dedicate much of their time, talent, and energy to serving our Commonwealth as teachers, police officers, judges, military personnel, health care providers, political leaders, and employees of various federal, state, and local government agencies; and
WHEREAS, many of Virginia's public service employees volunteer in their communities and spend much of their free time participating in volunteer work and civic service projects; and
WHEREAS, it is important to recognize and salute the outstanding efforts made each year by the dedicated public service employees throughout our Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 6-12, 2018, as VIRGINIA PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.