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NO. R-342. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO URGING THE OTHER 49 STATES TO FOLLOW VERMONT'S EXAMPLE AND CONTRIBUTE THREE DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL FOR EACH OF ITS VETERANS OF THAT CONFLICT.

(J.R.S. 107)

Offered by: Senator Brownell of Chittenden County, Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Backus of Chittenden County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Ptashnik of Windsor County, Senator Ready of Addison County, Senator Riehle of Chittenden County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shumlin of Windham County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, millions of Americans served during World War II, our nation’s most all-encompassing 20th century military conflict, and

Whereas, while thousands of cities and towns have erected memorials to the brave men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during the nation’s most serious 20th century military conflict, a national memorial to praise and remember all of these heroic veterans has never been erected, and

Whereas, to remedy this significant oversight in honoring America’s veterans, in 1993, the United States Congress enacted Public Law 103-32 to authorize the construction of a World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs, and

Whereas, on September 30, 1993, the President appointed a special Memorial Advisory Board (MAB) to advise the American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) in selecting a site for this much awaited tribute to both the 405,983 U.S. combatants who perished in the war, as well as the millions of other Americans who proudly served in defense of liberty and freedom, and

Whereas, on March 2, 1995, the MAB and the ABMC jointly selected a most appropriate site, Constitution Gardens on the Washington Mall, as the future home of the memorial, and

Whereas, it is hoped that construction of this inspiring monument will begin no later than Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2000, and

Whereas, the World War II Memorial Campaign, which has been designated as the official fundraiser for this historically significant edifice, has launched a drive to encourage every state to contribute $1.00 for each of the state’s veterans who served in the conflict, and

Whereas, not only has Vermont met this request but has gone much further and contributed a total of $3.00 for each Vermont World War II Veteran, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the other 49 states of the union to contribute $3.00 for each of the states’ World War II Veterans, towards the construction of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the governors of the other 49 states and to the World War II Memorial Campaign in Arlington, Virginia.