(Clearwisdom.net) On July 8, 2004, Mayor Paul D. Fraim of the City of Norfolk, Virginia, proclaimed July 25-31, 2004 as Falun Gong Days in the City of Norfolk and encouraged all citizens to become more knowledgeable of Falun Gong and to participate in the activities scheduled during Falun Gong Days.
City of Norfolk
Whereas, Falun Gong began in China in 1992 as a self-improvement practice that combines meditation and gentle exercises with the guiding principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance and is deeply rooted in the Chinese traditional culture; and
Whereas, Falun Gong has attracted people from all around the world and from all walks of lives, different ethnic backgrounds and ages, and has been recognized with many awards from China, the U.S., Canada and other countries for bringing people good health in both mind and body; and
Whereas, since first coming to Virginia in 1996, Falun Gong has benefited many Virginians both physically and mentally, and during the past eight years Virginian practitioners have made a great contribution to their local community by offering free workshops and seminars in public libraries, bookstores, churches, schools and recreation centers; and
Whereas, Falun Gong is designed to preserve precious human traditions such as honesty, courtesy, loyalty and unselfishness.
Now, Therefore, I, Paul D. Fraim, Mayor of the City of Norfolk, do hereby proclaim July 25-31, 2004 as
Falun Gong Days
in the City of Norfolk and encourage all citizens to become more knowledgeable of Falun Gong and to participate in activities scheduled during Falun Gong Days.
Given under my hand this 8th day of July 2004.
Paul D. Fraim, Mayor