In 1984, the Governor Richard Lamm of Colorado made an official statement declaring 25 March the Belarusian Independence Day.
This and many similar statements by US officials were the result of many years long work by the Belarusian American community to popularize Belarusin the United States, to spread information about the Belarusian culture and history in the West.
Byelorussian Independence Day
March 25, 1984
Whereas, March 25th marks the anniversary of the proclamation of independence of the Byelorussian Democratic Republic; and
Whereas, the Byelorussian Democratic Republic was established following the collapse of the Tsarist Russian Empire but was subsequently annexed by the government of the Soviet Union; and
Whereas, people of Byelorussian descent living in Colorado share a concern for the liberation of Byelorussia; and
Whereas, all Coloradoans value individual freedom and national independence;
Now, THEREFORE, I, Richard D. Lamm, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim March 25, 1984, as Byelorussian Independence Day in the State of Colorado.
Given under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this twentieth day of March, A. D. 1984
Richard D. Lamm, Governor
Ілюстрацыя: Рычард Ламм, губэрнатар Калярада ў 1984 г.