On July 20th, 2010, Thomas E. Henry, Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, proclaimed July 20th, 2010, as "Falun Dafa Day" in the City of Fort Wayne and recognised Falun Gong practitioners' commitment to Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
Whereas, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a peaceful and healthy self-improvement practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture that centers around the universal principle of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance and consists of five gentle exercises, including meditation; and
Whereas, The teachings of Falun Dafa, through meditation and spiritual cultivation, are perceived as an effective means of improving overall mental and physical health, as well as reducing stress; and
Whereas, Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, has helped millions across the world improve their health and moral standards, as well as deepen their understanding of life, humanity, and the universe; and
Whereas, Since July 1999, when China's former president launched the "eradication" campaign against Falun Gong, hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been detained and tortured for their beliefs; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa practitioners in Indiana will join practitioners and supporters from all over the world during the week of July 20 to participate in activities and call for an end to the 11-year persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Now, Therefore, I, Thomas C. Henry, Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, do hereby proclaim, July 20, 2010, as
in Fort Wayne, and recognising their commitment to Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Office of Mayor, City of Fort Wayne, Indiana to be affixed this 20th day of July, 2010.
Thomas C. Henry
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