OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, AUG. 1, 2008
Evan Dreyer, 720.350.8370, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wil Alston, 303.866.6323, email@example.com
GOV. RITTER PROCLAIMS TODAY COLORADO DAY
Gov. Bill Ritter marked today's 132nd anniversary of Colorado statehood by proclaiming Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, as Colorado Day.
August 1, 2008
WHEREAS, on July 4, 1876, at the World¿s Fair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the 100th anniversary of the birth of the United States of America, Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, announced that Colorado would become the Centennial State; and
WHEREAS, on August 1, 1876, President Grant, from the Oval Office at the White House, proclaimed Colorado to be the 38th state of the Union; and
WHEREAS, Territorial Governor John L. Routt was elected as the first Governor of the State of Colorado and the territorial legislature was dissolved, allowing for a newly elected State legislature to be formed; and
WHEREAS, on August 1, 2008, Colorado will celebrate 132 years of statehood; and
WHEREAS, while Colorado Day recognizes and celebrates the history of our state, Coloradans undertake to serve the community on this day through volunteer projects and programs, giving back to the state and preserving its resources, which have provided for our citizens for more than a century;
Therefore, I, Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim August 1, 2008,
in the State of Colorado.
GIVEN under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this first day of August, 2008
Bill Ritter, Jr.