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WHEREAS, throughout Virginia’s and our nation’s history, women have served in and alongside the United States Armed Forces to secure and preserve freedom and liberty for all Americans and our allies; and
WHEREAS, American women have demonstrated great skill, sacrifice, and commitment to defending the principles upon which our nation was founded; and
WHEREAS, more than 35,000 women served in WWI, 350,000 in WWII, more than 1,000 (in theater) in the Korean War, and more than 7,500 (in theater) women served throughout the world during the Vietnam War, and another 41,000 (in theater) women were deployed during Operation Desert Storm risking their lives to serve their country; and
WHEREAS, women continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces in times of conflict and peace with great honor and bravery in defense of our nation; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has the highest percentage of women veterans of any state in the nation; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize the courage, honor, and dignity with which women have served and continue to serve in defense of our nation and our Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 17-23, 2019, as WOMEN VETERANS WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.