City of Melbourne, Florida

Whereas: Falun Gong is a traditional form of Qigong, the ancient practice of refining the body and mind through exercises and meditation, and is adapted for the busy lives of modern people; and

Whereas: The inculcation of virtuous moral standards, as taught in Falun Gong, benefits society and promotes an honest, kind and tolerant concern for others; and

Whereas: Falun Gong, the most popular form of Qigong in Chinese history, has been practiced in Melbourne for five years and is taught free of charge in Wells Park; and

Whereas: The practice of Falun Gong has enabled millions of people worldwide to deal with stress and anxiety by upgrading their morality and improving their physical and mental well being with tranquil exercises; and

Whereas: Anyone is welcome to learn Falun Gong because its core principles of "Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance" transcend cultural, social, economic and national boundaries; and

Whereas: The City of Melbourne welcomes Mr. Yu Wang, who escaped the persecution of Falun Gong in China and was granted asylum in the United States of America

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved That I, John A. Buckley, Mayor of the City of Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida, do hereby proclaim the week of July 18-24, 2004 as

"Falun Gong Week"

in the City of Melbourne and encourage citizens to become aware of this ancient practice that studies the universal principles of truthfulness, benevolence and tolerance.

Witness my hand and the seal of the City this 13th day of July 2004.

John A. Buckley, Mayor

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