PRINTER'S NO. 1077
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
189
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY MASTRIANO, ARGALL, BAKER, BROWNE, MENSCH,
PHILLIPS-HILL, J. WARD AND FOLMER, JUNE 26, 2019
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, JUNE 26, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Designating the month of June 2019 as "Lithuanian Partnership
Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, The month of June 2019 marks the 26-year anniversary
of a successful partnership between the Pennsylvania National
Guard and Lithuanian Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, The partnership is one of 75 worldwide
collaborations that make up the National Guard State Partnership
Program; and
WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania National Guard and Lithuania Armed
Forces affiliation is one of 22 European partnerships that
constitute the United States European Command State Partnership
Program; and
WHEREAS, The partnership was born out of the fall of the
Soviet Union in 1991; and
WHEREAS, Established April 27, 1993, the partnership commands
Pennsylvania's brave men and women serving in Lithuania; and
WHEREAS, There is a significant Baltic population in
Pennsylvania, including individuals with Estonian, Latvian and
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Lithuanian heritage; and
WHEREAS, On June 14, 2019, a "Day of Mourning and Hope" was
observed in Lithuania, marking the deportation of 30,000
Lithuanians by the Soviet Union to Siberia; and
WHEREAS, The deportations were part of 35 mass expulsions
carried out in 1941 and from 1945 to 1952; and
WHEREAS, Approximately 300,000 people were deported in total,
of which 70% were women and children; and
WHEREAS, Due to cold, extreme living conditions, starvation,
plagues and psychological abuse, many Lithuanians died following
deportation; and
WHEREAS, The atrocities led to a decade-long armed resistance
against the Soviet Union in the Baltics and the ultimate
vindication of our Lithuanian friends; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvanians are appreciative of our friendship,
partnership and bond with Lithuania; and
WHEREAS, As Pennsylvanians, we stand in solidarity with our
friends and allies in Estonia, Latvia, and especially Lithuania
due to its deep and long relationship with the Commonwealth;
therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate designate the month of June 2019 as
"Lithuanian Partnership Month" in Pennsylvania.
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