Superintendent’s Memo #053-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 6, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: House Joint Resolution 797, Designating March 14, in 2015 and in Each Succeeding Year, as a Day of Honor for the Marquis de Lafayette in Virginia

I am pleased to bring to your attention House Joint Resolution 797, passed during the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly to designate March 14, 2015, as a Day of Honor for the Marquis de Lafayette in Virginia.  HJR 797 can be found at

On March 14, 1781, 23-year-old Major General Marquis de Lafayette returned to Virginia to resume a campaign against the British that would culminate in their defeat six months later.  Additional information on Lafayette and the Virginia Campaign is available at

In the summer of 2015, Lafayette’s transatlantic journey will be re-enacted by an exact historic reproduction of L’Hermione, the French frigate, which will visit 12 ports in North America.  The L’Hermione ship will be in Yorktown, Virginia, from June 5 to June 7, 2015, and in Alexandria, Virginia, from June 10 to 11, 2015.  As the L’Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard, it will be accompanied by a range of pierside activities.  The Hermione Voyage 2015 is part of an expansive outreach program with cultural events, exhibitions, and educational programs that celebrate the trip and mark its progress.  For more information on the Hermione Voyage 2015, please visit

For more information about House Joint Resolution 797, please contact Betsy Barton, specialist for history and social science, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.