Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 97 History

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(By Delegates Shott, Smith, R., McCuskey, Ashley, Iaquinta, Nelson, J., Miller, Westfall, Sobonya, Frich, Rowan, Ambler, Anderson, Arvon, Azinger, Barill, Barrett, Boggs, Border, Butler, Cadle, Campbell, Canterbury, Caputo, Cooper, Craig, Diserio, Ellington, Espinosa, Evans, A., Ferns, Ferro, Fleischauer, Folk, Gearheart, Guthrie, Hartman, Householder, Howell, Hunt, Ireland, Jones, Lawrence, Longstreth, Lynch, Manypenny, Marcum, Marshall, Miley, Moore, Moye, Nelson, E., Overington, Pasdon, Perdue, Perry, Pethtel, Phillips, R., Pino, Poling, D., Poore, Raines, Reynolds, Skaff, Skinner, Smith, P., Sponaugle, Staggers, Stephens, Storch, Sumner, Swartzmiller, Tomblin, Wells, White and Young)



Expressing the sense of the Legislature that designating the annual observance of the week following the Veterans’ Day Holiday as Veterans’ History Week for the State of West Virginia will increase the awareness and understanding of American history and the contributions and sacrifices of our veterans in service to their state and nation and to the advancement of freedom throughout the world.

    Whereas, According to the West Virginia Veteran’s History Project, over two-hundred and two-thousand West Virginians were veterans; and

    Whereas, West Virginia has the highest number of veterans per capita of any state in the nation; and

    Whereas, That November 11 is recognized nationally and in our state as the Veterans’ Day Holiday; and

    Whereas, By designating the week following the Veterans’ Day Holiday as Veterans’ History Week, students and the public will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the United States and the contributions of our veterans to the struggles which brought about our independence, freed the slaves and preserved the Union, and liberated millions from nazism, fascism and communism and the great contributions that our veterans have made to society and their community in times of peace; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature requests that the week following the Veterans’ Day Holiday be annually designated and observed as Veterans’ History Week for the State of West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That in recognition of and to further the purposes of Veterans’ History Week, each public school is encouraged to provide instruction during Veterans’ History Week on veterans’ history including the events and timeliness of the armed conflicts and wars our state and nation have participated in, the contributions and sacrifices of specific veterans and the many contributions made by veterans to their communities following their service; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That school administrators and teachers have flexibility in designing and implementing veterans’ history instruction on these topics by integrating them into the existing school curriculum, holding school assemblies, inviting guest speakers or providing other school activities; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That state institutions of higher education are encouraged to conduct and promote activities that provide education, awareness and understanding of veterans’ history; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That recognized resources for information, materials and speakers regarding veterans’ history that may assist with activities in the observance of Veterans’ History Week include, but are not limited to:

    (1) Veterans organizations;

    (2) Patriotic and descendant organizations;

    (3) West Virginia Humanities Council;

    (4) West Virginia Historical Society;

    (5) West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and

    (6) Any branch of service of the United States military; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the observance of Veterans’ History Week is not intended to create a burden, financial or otherwise, for public schools, teachers or state institutions of higher education; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, the State Superintendent of Schools and the respective Chancellors of the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education.

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