Gov. Rick Scott declares Sunday ‘Statewide Day of Prayer for Unity in Florida’ after Trayvon Martin verdictby George Bennett | July 19th, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed Sunday a “Statewide Day of Prayer for Unity in Florida” in the wake of last week’s verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Here’s the text:
WHEREAS, the people of Florida are strong and optimistic people who band together in times of crisis; and
WHEREAS, Florida has faced many challenges before – including natural disasters – with a spirit of unity and perseverance; and
WHEREAS, the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is a tragedy; and the Martin family, the family of George Zimmerman, and all those affected by Trayvon’s death remain in our thoughts and prayers; and
WHEREAS,emotions are running high as we continue to grieve the loss of Trayvon and the toll that the tragic events surrounding his death have taken on the community of Sanford, Florida, and other communities across our state; and
WHEREAS, tragic events compel us to a time of deep reflection and prayer to find strength and peace in uncertainty; and
WHEREAS, Floridians are unified in not only their resilience, but also in being a people of great humility, kindness, and compassion;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby declare Sunday, July 21, 2013, as a STATEWIDE DAY OF PRAYER FOR UNITY IN FLORIDA.