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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 732,000 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 health care providers, educators, correctional and law enforcement officers, political leaders, and employees of various federal, state, and local government agencies;
WHEREAS, Virginia's public service employees help educate our children, care for victims of crimes, administer justice, rehabilitate and counsel people in need, preserve public safety and the health of our citizens, maintain our highways, schools, and other infrastructure, protect citizens’ rights, care for less fortunate members of society, and handle a multitude of other essential duties the public entrusts to them; and
WHEREAS, these dedicated Virginia state employees strive day-to-day to perform their jobs with professionalism and integrity and to make government services more accessible and responsive to the needs of our Commonwealth citizens; 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, the strength and courage of our state workforce and the resilience exhibited during this global pandemic is recognized and deeply valued, from our frontline workers to our behind-the-scenes workers; 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 3-9, 2020, as VIRGINIA PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.