WHEREAS, on September 8, 1932, Virginia Patterson Hensley, later widely known as Patsy Cline, was born at the old Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Virginia, and this year would have rejoiced in celebrating her 70th birthday; and

            WHEREAS, Patsy Cline was regarded as one of the greatest female vocalists of the era by her contemporaries in the Country and Western music industry; and

WHEREAS, Patsy Cline was admired by millions of Americans for her tremendous enthusiasm, energy, vibrancy and incredible musical talents; and

            WHEREAS, from 1953 until 1961, Patsy Cline regularly performed in Fauquier County at Lake Whippoorwill by Dumfries Road, Rockwood Hall on West Lee Highway, and on the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds at the National Country Music Championships, accompanied by such prominent musicians as Roy Clark and Jimmy Dean; and

WHEREAS, many Fauquier County residents fondly recall the wonderful performances of this talented young lady who would later rise to legendary status as a performing artist; and

            WHEREAS, in 1963, Patsy Cline died in a tragic plane crash as she was flying to a benefit concert in Tennessee; and

            WHEREAS, ten years after her death, Patsy Cline was posthumously honored as the first female soloist to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee; and

            WHEREAS, Patsy Cline is known to have sung from the roof of the secretary’s stand during the National Country Music Championships on the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds; and

WHEREAS, a celebration and dedication of this building as the Patsy Cline Award’s Pavilion will be held in Fauquier County at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds on October 27, 2002; now, therefore, be it

            PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 16th day of September 2002, That October 27, 2002 be, and is hereby, declared Patsy Cline Day in Fauquier County; and, be it

            PROCLAIMED FURTHER, That all residents of Fauquier County are encouraged to observe this day in remembrance of Patsy Cline with appropriate ceremonies, celebrations, and activities.



Raymond E. Graham