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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 7

(By Senators Buckalew, Dittmar, McKenzie, Kimble, Jackson, Craigo, Bowman, Plymale, Walker, Chafin, Bailey, Snyder, White, Prezioso, Helmick Fanning, Kessler, Sharpe, Ross, Schoonover, Ball, Hunter, Sprouse, Oliverio, Deem, Dugan and Tomblin, Mr. President)


Requesting the West Virginia Division of Highways to name a section of Interstate 77 in honor of the veterans of the Korean War.

Whereas, The military struggle fought on the Korean Peninsula from June, 1950, to July, 1953, began with the invasion of North Korea crossing the 38th parallel into South Korea. The conflict swiftly developed into a war not only with North Korea but also China. The United Nations' forces involved the United States and 19 other nations; and
Whereas, During this struggle to halt communist aggression, U. S. troop strength remained at 260,000, while forces from other U. N. nations stayed at about 35,000. Communist forces increased to 858,000; and
Whereas, Korea was the first battlefield in history to witness the air power of supersonic jet aircraft; and
Whereas, Such historical battlefields as Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill and Heartbreak Ridge entered into the pages of history; and
Whereas, History also recorded the firing of a commanding general by a president with whom his military strategy differed; and
Whereas, The Korean War was terminated in July, 1953, after more than three years of conflict. At war's' end, the United States had suffered 157,000 casualties, including over 2,000 West Virginians. There were 33,000 American's killed in Korea, including over 800 West Virginians; and
Whereas, As a fitting tribute to those who fought against communist aggression in Korea, and especially those who were killed, a section of Interstate 77 between Charleston and the Ohio border should be dedicated as a memorial; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the West Virginia Division of Highways to name a section of Interstate 77 between Charleston and the Ohio border in honor of the veterans of the Korean War, especially memorializing the lives of those who died in pursuit of freedom for all mankind; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.
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