Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 32 History

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(By Delegates Eldridge, Anderson, Andes, Argento, Armstead, Azinger, Barker, Blair, Boggs, Border, Brown, Butcher, Campbell, Cann, Canterbury, Caputo, Craig, Crosier, Doyle, Ellem, Ennis, Evans, Ferro, Fleischauer, Fragale, Frazier, Givens, Guthrie, Hall, Hamilton, Hartman, Hatfield, Hunt, Hutchins, Iaquinta, Ireland, Klempa, Kominar, Lane, Lawrence, Longstreth, Louisos, Mahan, Manchin, Manypenny, Marshall, Martin, McGeehan, Michael, Miley, C. Miller, J. Miller, Moore, Morgan, Moye, Overington, Paxton, Perdue, Perry, Pethtel, Phillips, D. Poling, M. Poling, Porter, Reynolds, Rodighiero, Romine, Ross, Rowan, Schadler, Schoen, Shaver, Shook, Shott, Skaff, Smith, Sobonya, Spencer, Staggers, Stephens, Stowers, Sumner, Susman, Swartzmiller, Tabb, Talbott, Varner, Walker, Webster, Wells, White, Williams and Wooton)

Requesting the Governor to create the "Mountaineer Freedom Medal" which will be awarded to the families of soldiers killed during hostile operations, to honor those gallant soldiers who have fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom in the United States' war on terror.

Whereas, The fallen soldier Lance Corporal Juston Thacker and his loving family are the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of the "Mountaineer Freedom Medal"; and
Whereas, Lance Corporal Juston Thacker was killed in a fire fight in Afghanistan on July 6, 2004; and
Whereas, The family of Juston Thacker feels it is important to show our soldiers how much we truly care about them by creating the "Mountaineer Freedom Medal" to honor all our men and women who so valiantly serve our state and country by giving the ultimate sacrifice; and
Whereas, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class, Brian McKinney, a friend of Lance Corporal Juston Thacker, from Rock, West Virginia designed the "Mountaineer Freedom Medal" using his own pain of losing comrades in Afghanistan and Iraq as his emotional inspiration; and
Whereas, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brian McKinney designed the medal to include a kneeling soldier, with tears in his eyes and an American Flag at his back, which represents that he knows what he is fighting for; a funeral for a fallen soldier; and finally a hill in the background, on the right side of which are graves of fallen soldiers and on the left side of which are the souls of those fallen soldier and at the center is a gate with light brightly shining through the gate; and
Whereas, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brian McKinney chose to include the words "For those who gave all", to represent those who gave their all for our freedom and the West Virginia moto "Montani Semper Liberi"; and
Whereas, The State of West Virginia has an excellent reputation in the military and our men and women serve our state and country with pride; and
Whereas, This is the states opportunity to recognize our fallen heroes by presenting their families with the "Mountaineer Freedom Medal"; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the Governor of the State of West Virginia create the "Mountaineer Freedom Medal" to honor our heroes who were killed during hostile operations by awarding their families with the medal; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Governor is hereby requested to commission an artist to create a mold of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brian McKinney's drawing for us as the "Mountaineer Freedom Medal"; and, be it
Further Resolved,
That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor of West Virginia, Sharon Bowling, mother of Lance Corporal Juston Thacker, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brian McKinney and Delegate Jeff Eldridge.
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