|Governor of the State of Maryland, to|
|LI HONG ZHI,||Greeting|
|Be it Known: That on behalf of the citizens of this state,|
|in recognition of your acclaimed international reputation as the founder of Falun Dafa, an advanced system of spiritual cultivationÉin honor of your successful efforts to convey Falun Dafa from China to the rest of the world; and as an expression of our admiration, gratitude and sincere best wishes on the occasion of your most welcome visit to the great state of Maryland,|
|we are pleased to confer upon you this|
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland This 14th Day of August, In the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-nine.
Parris N. Glendening
John T. Willis