March 6, 1998
Virgina Governor James Gilmore (R) has officially recognized the month of March as Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Month in Virginia. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Eddie Eagle program, which was created by NRA President Marion P. Hammer in 1988, and has reached more than 10 million children with its simple safety message of "STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the area. Tell an Adult," when they come across a firearm in an unsupervised situation. In conjunction with this award, beginning March 2, 1998, the 15,600 elementary students in all 32 of Richmond's schools started learning Eddie Eagle's lifesaving message.