On September 11th, the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. hosted a reception for Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution to recognize the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in America. This historic event was a significant milestone for both the United States and the United Kingdom. Reception attendees included HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; British Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch; Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) Timothy Kaine (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO); former Virginia Senator, John Warner; Rep. George Holding (R-NC); Virginia Governor Ralph Northam; and former Virginia Governor George Allen.
HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex delivered a brief speech at the reception. He said, “Being able to share the significant shared history between our two countries is important. Those events and those people from 400 years ago, have shaped our story. And all of those bits and pieces along the way help us to explain how we got here, and why we got here.”
“The American experience began in 1619 Virginia with the seeds of democracy planted by entrepreneurs and intrepid settlers. Nearly 400 years have passed since then, but those original settlers understood, as we do today, that allowing the creative capacities of everybody to flourish in an atmosphere of freedom and equality allows us to make great things, build great things, be great as individuals and also build a better economy and nation,” said Senator Timothy Kaine. “The anniversaries that we commemorate in 1619 are significant and there are many important milestones that are part of this American Evolution, and they are all worth marking.”
Coverage of the event appeared in The Washington Post and Politico. For more information about Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution events, please visit https://www.americanevolution2019.com/events/