WHEREAS, crime and its effect upon the lives and property of our citizens is of utmost concern, and the continued efforts of our local government, citizens’ organizations and individuals to curb this problem are greatly appreciated; and
WHEREAS, the problems of crime touch and affect all segments of our society and can undermine and erode the moral and economic strengths of our communities and citizens if unabated; and
WHEREAS, public awareness and determination to maintain the faith in the preservation of law and order and the appreciation of the importance of law enforcement officers and their role in preserving social order in a democracy is everyone’s responsibility; and
WHEREAS, Optimist Clubs and their members continue to sponsor and support programs aimed at combating crime and disrespect for law;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mary Hughes Hynes, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, Virginia, do hereby proclaim the week of September 1 through September 7, 2015, as RESPECT FOR LAW WEEK in Arlington County and request all residents to join with the Optimists in carrying the message of respect for law to the community and, by example, to exercise responsible citizenship.