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NO. R-363.  JOINT RESOLUTION commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vermont Vietnam Veterans Memorial and all Vietnam War Veterans.

(J.R.H. 263)

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Adams of Hartland, Alfano of Calais, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Amidon of Charlotte, Anderson of Woodstock, Angell of Randolph, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barney of Highgate, Bohi of Hartford, Bolduc of Barton, Bolognani of Readsboro, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Carey of Chester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Connell of Warren, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Davis of Cavendish, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Doyle of Richmond, Driscoll of Burlington, Duffy of Rutland City, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Freed of Dorset, George of Middlebury, Gervais of Enosburg, Goodridge of Albany, Grad of Moretown, Gray of Barre Town, Haas of Rutland City, Hall of Newport City, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hooker of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Johnson of Canaan, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kirker of Essex, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Larocque of Barnet, Larose of Richford, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mann of Leicester, Marron of Stowe, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mullin of Rutland Town, Myers of Essex, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Osman of Plainfield, Otterman of Topsham, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Pike of Mendon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Randall of Bradford, Reese of Pomfret, Rogers of Castleton, Rosenquist of Georgia, Rusten of Halifax, Ryan of Waltham, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Scribner of Bristol, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shaw of Derby, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Starr of Troy, Stevens of Essex, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Webster of Brattleboro, Webster of Randolph, Weeks of Wallingford, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, over 19,000 Vermonters served during the Vietnam War, and

Whereas, the first Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the United States was erected in 1982 in Sharon, Vermont as a fitting tribute to the memory of those Vermonters who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and

Whereas, it is important to always remember those members of the American Armed Forces, from both Vermont and across the nation, who made the ultimate sacrifice when called to serve their nation in the Vietnam War, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly highly commends all Vietnam 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 commends and applauds the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Vermont Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly calls upon all citizens to participate in special observances surrounding the rededication of the Vermont Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sharon, Vermont on October 26, 2002, 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.