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House Memorial
2A memorial to the Congress of the United States,
3urging Congress to initiate and support nationwide
4efforts to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end
5of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War
6and demonstrate the nation's appreciation for the
7honorable service and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans.
9     WHEREAS, the Vietnam War was a Cold War military conflict
10that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from November 1,
111955, until the United States Congress passed the Case-Church
12amendment in 1973 which prohibited the further use of American
13military forces in the conflict, and
14     WHEREAS, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the
15United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, and
16     WHEREAS, as of July 2011, the Florida Department of
17Veterans' Affairs estimated that there were approximately
18454,000 Vietnam era veterans living in the State of Florida, and
19     WHEREAS, because of the intense public opposition to the
20war that existed at the time, members of the United States Armed
21Services returned home to an unprecedented lack of formal
22positive recognition of the honorable service they had provided
23on behalf of their country and the tremendous sacrifices they
24had made, and
25     WHEREAS, the lack of formal "Welcome Home" parades and
26other traditional celebrations for returning soldiers that were
27common in previous military conflicts in which the United States
28was engaged, coupled with verbal and sometimes physical abuse,
29resulted in great disillusionment, undeserved indignity, and
30often great suffering and anguish among returning Vietnam
31veterans, and
32     WHEREAS, many of these brave men and women are now reaching
33an advanced age, and
34     WHEREAS, March 30, 2013, will mark the official date of the
3540th anniversary of the end of the United States' involvement in
36the Vietnam War, and
37     WHEREAS, on that date this nation will be presented with a
38unique and historic opportunity to hold appropriate observances
39and long-overdue recognition ceremonies that will honor our
40nation's aging Vietnam War veterans and that may finally provide
41these brave men and women a fitting expression of gratitude and
42a measure of healing and official closure that has been denied
43them for decades and that they so greatly deserve, and
44     WHEREAS, the importance of the commemoration of the 40th
45anniversary of the end of the United States' involvement in the
46Vietnam War and the opportunity that such an historical
47anniversary presents to attempt to rectify past injustices and
48ingratitude cannot be stressed strongly enough, and
49     WHEREAS, it is fitting and appropriate that the United
50States Congress initiate and support efforts at the national
51level to mark this historic anniversary and to attempt to
52redress the lack of appropriate recognition and undeserved
53ingratitude that so many of these brave servicemen and
54servicewomen received upon returning home, and
55     WHEREAS, as part of a national effort, it is also requested
56that the United States Congress authorize the minting of a 40th
57anniversary commemorative medal expressing the nation's
58appreciation for the honorable service of Vietnam veterans, and
59     WHEREAS, for this historic opportunity to be fully
60realized, the United States Congress should act promptly and
61decisively, NOW, THEREFORE,
63Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
65     That the Congress of the United States is urged to initiate
66and support nationwide efforts to commemorate the 40th
67anniversary of the end of the United States' involvement in the
68Vietnam War and demonstrate the nation's appreciation for the
69honorable service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans.
70     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, as part of such national
71effort, the United States Congress is requested to authorize the
72minting of a 40th anniversary commemorative medal expressing the
73nation's appreciation for the honorable service of Vietnam
75     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be
76dispatched to the President of the United States, to the
77President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the
78United States House of Representatives, to each member of the
79Florida delegation to the United States Congress, and to the
80legislative governing body of each of the other 49 states of the
81United States.

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