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NO. R-325. JOINT RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE VIETNAM ERA.

(J.R.H. 257)

Offered by: Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Alfano of Calais, Allard of St. Albans Town, Anderson of Woodstock, Angell of Randolph, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barbieri of Wallingford, Barney of Highgate, Blanchard of Essex, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Buckland of Newport Town, Carmolli of Rutland City, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Costello of Brattleboro, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland, Deuel of West Rutland, Dominick of Starksboro, Doyle of Richmond, Edwards of Swanton, Emmons of Springfield, Flaherty of South Burlington, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Fox of Essex, Freed of Dorset, Fyfe of Newport City, Gervais of Enosburg, Gretkowski of Burlington, Hathaway of Barton, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Holmes of Bethel, Hooker of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hyde of Fayston, Johnson of Canaan, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Kehler of Pomfret, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Koch of Barre Town, Krasnow of Charlotte, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kreitzer of Rutland City, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Lafayette of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lehman of Hartford, Levin of Hartland, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mallary of Brookfield, Marron of Stowe, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, Mazzariello of Rutland City, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, McNamara of Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Milne of Washington, Molloy of Arlington, Mullin of Rutland Town, Neiman of Georgia, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, O'Donnell of Vernon, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Perry of Richford, Pike of Mendon, Poirier of Barre City, Postman of Brownington, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Randall of Bradford, Richardson of Weathersfield, Rivero of Milton, Robb of Swanton, Rogers of Castleton, Rusten of Halifax, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Sheltra of Derby, Sherman of St. Johnsbury, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Sudbury, Starr of Troy, Steele of Waterbury, Stevens of Newbury, Suchmann of Chester, Sullivan of Burlington, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valsangiacomo of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Weiss of Northfield, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Williamstown, Wisell of Bristol, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, on May 7, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed into law a bill officially ending the Vietnam era, and

Whereas, on May 7, 2000, Vietnam era veterans will be observing the 25th anniversary of this historic legislation’s signing, and

Whereas, many citizens of the great state of Vermont honored this country by serving valiantly in our nation’s armed forces during the Vietnam era, and

Whereas, Vermonters understand that “freedom is not free” and that all generations have offered their young to serve in harm’s way, and

Whereas, all of this state’s Vietnam era veterans, and their family members, are to be commended highly for their service, sacrifice and devotion to duty during a most trying time in the history of the United States, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly highly commends all Vietnam era veterans and their families for their outstanding service to Vermont, the United States, Southeast Asia and the world, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly goes on record as recognizing that this generation of warriors did not lose in Vietnam, but were simply not allowed to win, and we heartily applaud their just and honorable duty, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly commends and applauds the upcoming May 7, 2000 25th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam era, which will further honor this generation and their families, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.