Governor Proclaims Day of Remembrance for Quake, Tsunami Victims

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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown designated Sunday, March 20, 2011, as a “Day of Remembrance and Prayer for Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.”

In an official proclamation issued Saturday, Brown highlighted the strong connections between California and Japan, encouraging all Californians to keep the people of Japan in their thoughts at this time. The proclamation reads, in part:

“A devastating 9.0 earthquake struck northern Japan on March 11, 2011, also generating a tsunami, which took thousands of lives and severely damaged nuclear facilities …

“The people of Japan stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of the United States as strong allies … The history of our two countries proves that even the most bitter of enemies can become the most esteemed and trusted of friends …

“California’s history, economy and culture is forever linked with the people of Japan, as common citizens of the Pacific Rim …

“The people of Japan continue to persevere through a disaster of almost unimaginable proportions with courage, resolve and honor … The people of the State of California are keeping the victims and families affected by this tragedy in their thoughts and prayers as the situation unfolds.”

The proclamation also notes that the week of March 21-27 is Tsunami Awareness Week in the U.S., “a time for us to remember the importance of being prepared for natural disasters.”

Also in Sacramento, Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County) called on the State Assembly to pause from its traditional duties last Tuesday to observe a moment of silence for the hundreds of thousands of people who have died, been injured or displaced by the earthquake and tsunami.

Furutani said that watching news coverage of the devastation was like standing on a virtual bluff above northern Japan.

To see a video of Furutani’s remarks, visit the “Assembly Access” channel on YouTube.

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