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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: November 24, 2015 10:47 AM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich and Sen. Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: National Guard Day (December 8, 2016)
Please join us in co-sponsoring a resolution designating December 8, 2015, as "Guard Day in Pennsylvania."

The resolution commemorates the 260th anniversary of our Commonwealth’s first militia law and honors Guard members for their unselfish contributions to their dual mission of national security and emergency preparedness and response. Pennsylvania’s 20,000-member National Guard is one of the largest and most deployed forces in the nation, and the only National Guard to host a Stryker Brigade, built around one of the industry’s most powerful armored vehicles.

Dating back to 1755, our nation’s volunteer militia has evolved into today’s modern, professional National Guard. These patriots have taken part in every major U.S. military conflict since the Revolutionary War, and have been a vital part of peacekeeping missions, flood response and recovery, and many other domestic and international operations. Since September 11, 2001, more than 34,000 of our soldiers and airmen have deployed in support of the global contingencies, with many serving multiple deployments.

On December 8th, the National Guard will have displays in the East Wing Rotunda and a host a morning presentation for legislators. Adjutant General James Joseph will address both the House and the Senate on the occasion. This year's theme is "Readiness through Families and Communities."

Thank you for your support of this resolution and the members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

In 2013-14, SR 350 was sponsored by Senators Baker, Alloway, Argall, Brewster, Browne, Brubaker, Corman, Costa, Dinniman, Eichelberger, Erickson, Farnese, Ferlo, Folmer, Fontana, gordner, Greenleaf, Hughes, Hutchinson, Kasunic, McIlhinney, Mensch, Pileggi, Rafferty, Robbins, Scarnati, Schwank, Smith, Smucker, Solobay, Stack, Tartaglione, Teplitz, Tomlinson, Vance, Vogel, Vulakovich, Wagner, Ward, Washington, White, Wozniak, Yaw, and Yudichak.

Introduced as SR257