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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
REQUESTING THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE ADMINISTRATION TO IMPLEMENT
   EVENTS PLANNED BY THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE
   KOREAN WAR COMMISSION AND HONORING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
   THE KOREAN WAR.


 1      WHEREAS, in the early morning hours of June 25, 1950, the
 2   communist government of North Korea launched an attack into
 3   South Korea; and
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 5      WHEREAS, determined to support the world's democracies, the
 6   United States immediately led a United Nations force into the
 7   Korean War; and
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 9      WHEREAS, what was envisioned as a short, decisive repelling
10   of the enemy became a prolonged and frustrating fight that
11   threatened to explode beyond Korean borders; and
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13      WHEREAS, the fighting lasted for three years until an uneasy
14   peace returned to the region with a negotiated settlement that
15   re-established the earlier boundary between North and South
16   Korea; and
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18      WHEREAS, one-and-a-half million American men and women, a
19   cross-section of the nation's population, struggled side-by-
20   side during the conflict, and served as soldiers, chaplains,
21   nurses, clerks, and in a host of other combat and support
22   roles; and
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24      WHEREAS, one hundred thirty-one individuals were awarded the
25   Medal of Honor, the nation's highest commendation for combat
26   bravery, and of the recipients, ninety-four had given their
27   lives in heroic acts that earned them the honor; and
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29      WHEREAS, Korean War veterans and their families should be
30   identified, thanked, and properly recognized and honored; and
31   
32      WHEREAS, to honor the men and women who served in Korea for
33   their struggles and sacrifices under trying circumstances in
34   service to their country and the cause of freedom, the Governor
35   established the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Korean
36   War Commission; and

 
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 1       WHEREAS, the purpose of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration
 2   of the Korean War Commission is to identify, thank, and honor
 3   the veterans of the Korean War, their families, and especially
 4   those who lost loved ones; now, therefore,
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 6       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 7   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 8   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that this body, the Governor,
 9   the State Department of Defense, and the Office of Veterans'
10   Services support and will help to implement the events planned
11   by the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Korean War
12   Commission; and
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14       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
15   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the State
16   Adjutant General, and the Commissioners of the 50th Anniversary
17   Commemoration Of The Korean War Commission.
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