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H.J.R. 28 Enrolled

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VETERANS DAY JOINT RESOLUTION

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Johnny Anderson

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Senate Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges public schools and communities
             10      throughout the state to provide opportunities for the youth of the state to gain a greater
             11      appreciation for the past and present service and sacrifice of the men and women of the
             12      United States Military.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes the past and present sacrifices of the men and women of the United
             16      States Military who willingly stood, and currently stand, in harm's way to protect
             17      the freedoms enjoyed by all who live in the United States of America;
             18          .    urges Utah's public schools to consider ways that they can provide opportunities,
             19      whether through school assemblies, guest speakers in classes, or other activities, for
             20      the youth of the state of Utah to have kindled within them an increased appreciation
             21      and gratitude for the sacrifices made for them by their fellow Utahns who have
             22      served, and continue to serve, in the various branches of the United States Military;
             23      and
             24          .    urges cities and counties throughout the state to consider ways to enhance the honor
             25      they show to the veterans among their citizenry for their service and sacrifices on
             26      behalf of their fellow countrymen.
             27      Special Clauses:
             28          None
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             30      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          WHEREAS, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, the contributions made to
             32      the United States of America by her citizen soldiers who stand in our place to defend the
             33      freedoms we enjoy cannot be calculated;
             34          WHEREAS, the cost of their service frequently includes long separations from family,
             35      the horror of combat, the deep loneliness, the agonizing and lingering effects of physical and
             36      emotional injury, and for some, the ultimate price, their lives;
             37          WHEREAS, even today, members of the military are stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan,
             38      and many other places throughout the world, while their families remain in our communities;
             39          WHEREAS, families hoping for the safe return of loved ones experience life in a very
             40      different way than others, as their everyday thoughts and feelings never stray far from those
             41      they honor and cherish;
             42          WHEREAS, although Veterans Day deeply impacts a vast majority of Utahns, the
             43      significance of what the day represents should merit greater understanding among Utah's youth;
             44          WHEREAS, members of various veterans groups in the state would welcome the
             45      opportunity to celebrate and educate Utah's youth through school assemblies, guest speaking in
             46      classes, and activities such as parades in communities throughout the state that would form the
             47      minds of Utah's youth on the ideals of sacrifice, service, love of country, and gratitude for those
             48      who have served and continue to serve in the military around the world;
             49          WHEREAS, just a few years ago, veterans of World War I were a focal point of many
             50      local parades;
             51          WHEREAS, it will not be long before World War II veterans are no longer with us, yet
             52      their legacy of service should be woven into the character of our communities; and
             53          WHEREAS, involving school-aged youth in Veterans Day activities is a key step in
             54      increasing the sense of gratitude that Utah's youth, and all of its citizens, should feel towards
             55      these individuals who have given so much that we might have the peace and freedom to pursue
             56      the American Dream for ourselves and our loved ones:
             57          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah


             58      recognizes the past and present sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Military,
             59      who willingly stood, and currently stand, in harm's way to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all
             60      who live in the United States of America.
             61          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges Utah's public schools to
             62      consider ways that they can provide opportunities, whether through school assemblies, guest
             63      speakers in classes, or other activities, for the youth of the state of Utah to have kindled within
             64      them an increased appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices made for them by their fellow
             65      Utahns who have served, and continue to serve, in the various branches of the United States
             66      Military.
             67          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges cities and counties
             68      throughout the state to consider ways to enhance the honor they show to the veterans among
             69      their citizenry for their service and sacrifices on our behalf.
             70          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah State
             71      Board of Education, the Utah League of Cities and Towns, the Utah Association of Counties,
             72      the Utah Department of Veteran's Affairs, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department Utah, the
             73      Utah Office of Education, and the Utah State Board of Education.


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