(By Senators Hunter, Caldwell, Bailey, Dempsey, Minard, Oliverio, Boley, Deem, Weeks, Prezioso, Unger, Rowe, Love, Ross, Harrison, Smith, Minear, Facemyer, Kessler, Plymale, Helmick, Chafin, Bowman, Edgell, Snyder, McCabe, White, Fanning, Jenkins, Sharpe, McKenzie, Sprouse and Tomblin, Mr. President)

Recognizing the heroic service of America's veterans and designating Monday, January 20, 2003, as "Veterans Visibility Day" at the Legislature.

Whereas, From the Revolutionary War, which gave America its freedom, to recent struggles, America's men and women have always risen to the call of duty in order to not only preserve our freedom but to help maintain freedom throughout the world; and
Whereas, Per capita, more citizens from West Virginia have served in our nation's armed forces than from any other state. We are proud of our citizens who, in spite of danger, have done what they must for peace and freedom; and
Whereas, Through wars, conflicts and the threat of terror, thousands of West Virginians have paid the ultimate price for freedom with their lives and thousands more brave West Virginians have been wounded in battle; and
Whereas, The Senate is proud to honor those currently serving in harm's way to protect democracy from the threat of terror; and
Whereas, It is always important that we honor the many brave West Virginians who have faced the enemy, been wounded and even given their lives for not only our freedom but for freedom around the world; and
Whereas, The Senate is proud to espouse the goal set for us by President John F. Kennedy, who said, "Our goal is not the victory of might, but the vindication of right--not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere, and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved."; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the heroic service of America's veterans and designates Monday, January 20, 2003, as "Veterans Visibility Day" at the Legislature; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Division of Veterans' Affairs.