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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 14, 2019 02:16 PM
From: Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill
To: All Senate members
Subject: Veteran Recognition Days
In the near future I will introduce legislation to create special days of observance to recognize the bravery, sacrifices and contributions of our United States Armed Forces veterans and allies who served in the First Gulf War, the Second Gulf War, and the war in Afghanistan. These special observances will join existing Commonwealth recognitions previously awarded to our veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Lest we forget:

Our Armed Forces have engaged in combat in three major conflicts since the Vietnam War: First Gulf War / Operation Desert Storm from January 16, 1991 to March 6, 1991; Second Gulf War / Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 19, 2003 to December 18, 2011; and the Afghanistan War / Operation Enduring Freedom from 2001 to December 28, 2014.

Our country asked these veterans to liberate Kuwait from Iraq’s occupation during the First Gulf War, remove the threat of Saddam Hussein’s forces to international peace and security during the second Gulf War, bring to justice those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks, and eliminate terrorist cells and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

In these wars more than 2.5 million Americans have served and more than 6,000 have given their lives, including 324 of our fellow Pennsylvanians.

This legislation designates March 6 as First Gulf War Veterans Day, October 7 as Afghanistan War Veterans Day, and December 18 as Second Gulf War Veterans Day, and encourages all public schools and educational institutions to observe these special days by conducting exercises recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by these veterans.

This legislation encourages, not mandates, our schools to observe these days which honor our veterans of these wars.

Please join me in honoring our fine men and women who served their country during these times of war.

Introduced as SB532