(By Senators Wells, Unger, Kessler (Mr. President), Fitzsimmons, Chafin, Beach, Miller, Laird, Williams, Plymale, Snyder, Jenkins and Stollings )

Designating February 18, 2013, as "Veterans Visibility Day".
     Whereas, From the Revolutionary War, which gave America its identity as a free and democratic nation, to this moment, America's men and women have always risen to the call of duty in order to defend and preserve our freedom and 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, despite 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 have been wounded in battle; and
     Whereas, The Senate is proud to honor those currently serving in harm's way in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other countries all over the world 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 not only for our freedom, but for freedom around the world; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates February 18, 2013, as "Veterans Visibility Day"; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Senate expresses its sincere gratitude to all veterans and those men and women currently serving in the armed forces to protect our freedom; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Department of Veterans' Assistance.