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NO. R-174. JOINT RESOLUTION urging speedy resolution of the siting problems associated with the proposed World War II Memorial.

(J.R.H. 128)

Offered by: Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Sweetser of Essex.

Whereas, veterans of World War II fought a difficult and prolonged battle to secure our nationís freedom and to rid the world of a type of tyranny that it had never experienced, and

Whereas, over the decades, a proper national memorial had never been erected to honor those brave Americans who sacrificed their lives in this pivotal battle for our liberty, and

Whereas, in 1993, in response to the woeful lack of a proper memorial honoring these very special veterans, the United States Congress enacted Public Law 103-32 to authorize the construction of a World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and

Whereas, on March 2, 1995, the Memorial Advisory Board and the American Battlefield Monument Commission jointly selected a site located at Constitution Gardens on the Washington Mall as the future home of the World War II Memorial, and

Whereas, during the 2000 session of the Vermont General Assembly, pursuant to Sec. 46 of Act No. 66, there was appropriated $50,000.00 toward the national fundraising campaign for constructing the memorial, and further, in Sec. 251 of Act No. 152, an additional $64,000.00 was appropriated for this purpose, and

Whereas, the 2000 session of the General Assembly also adopted R-342, urging other states to be as fiscally generous on a per-veteran basis in contributing to the memorialís construction, as has the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, on May 3, 2001, the National Capital Planning Commission, the official body which must approve the siting and construction of the memorial, decided unanimously to review from the beginning the approval process for the memorialís construction, and

Whereas, growing controversy regarding the memorialís specific architectural design and location prompted this administrative decision, and

Whereas, the General Assembly remains fully committed to the construction of a national memorial to honor our nationís World War II veterans, and

Whereas, it is imperative that the architectural and location-related difficulties of the proposed monument be resolved as soon as possible in order that construction may proceed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the National Capital Planning Commission to proceed expeditiously in completing the review process, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly requests Congress to closely monitor the review proceedings and to assure that the construction commences soon, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard L. Friedman, Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission; the World War II Memorial Campaign in Arlington, Virginia; to U.S. Senators Trent Lott and Thomas Daschle; to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert; to U.S. Representative Richard Gephardt; and to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.