Proclamation of Falun Dafa Day, St. Louis, Missouri [September 30, 2002]
Office of the Mayor
City of Saint Louis
Whereas Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an advanced meditation exercise of mind and body, rooted in ancient Chinese culture; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa is based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance; and
Whereas, it is a compelling discipline of exercise, meditation and study that promotes physical, spiritual and mental health; and
Whereas, Falun Dafa is non-political, is not a religion and has no binding membership. All Falun Dafa activities are free and open to the public; and
Whereas, about 600 other local governments across North America, 15 cities and countries in Missouri, including the city of St. Louis, (in the past), have honored Falun Dafa by proclaiming "Falun Dafa Day" or "Falun Dafa Week"; and
Whereas, the city of St. Louis recognizes the practice of Falun Dafa and those who promote improving the quality of life in positive ways for all
Now, therefore, I, Francis G. Slay, Mayor of the city of St. Louis, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2002 as:
"Falun Dafa Day"
In the City of St. Louis
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the city of St. Louis, this 30th day of September, A.D. 2002.
Francis G. Slay
Mayor of the City of Saint Louis