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THIRD DAY, FIRST SPECIAL SESSION
Senate Chamber, Olympia, Friday, April 27, 2001
The Senate was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by President Owen. The Secretary called the roll and announced to the President that all Senators were present except Senators Benton, Deccio, Hale, Johnson, McCaslin, McDonald, Oke, Roach, Stevens and Swecker. On motion of Senator Honeyford, Senators Benton, Deccio, Hale, Johnson, McCaslin, McDonald, Oke, Roach, Stevens and Swecker were excused.
The Sergeant at Arms Color Guard, consisting of Pages Jennifer Luetkehans and Stephanie Schlatter, presented the Colors. Senator Bob Morton offered the prayer.
On motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the reading of the Journal of the previous day was dispensed with and it was approved.
On motion of Senator Snyder, the following resolution was adopted:
SENATE RESOLUTION 2001-8656
By Senator Snyder
WHEREAS, It is an honor for the Washington State Senate to recognize patriotism and loyalty to the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, Loyalty Day was initiated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and first proclaimed by former President Harry Truman in 1950; and
WHEREAS, Long Beach, Washington, is the only city in the country that has organized Loyalty Day celebrations since its first observance in 1950; and
WHEREAS, Loyalty Day activities in Long Beach include crowning Miss Loyalty, display of vintage airplanes, blessing of the fleet, U.S. Coast Guard fly over, guest speakers and a city parade; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the year, Americans of all ages express their loyalty to our country through countless acts of patriotism and selflessness; and
WHEREAS, During times of war, Americans have fought and died to defend our liberty and promote the ideals of democracy, and we remember in a special way those Americans who have given their lives in defense of this country and the principles for which it stands; and
WHEREAS, We also pay tribute to our veterans and current members of the Armed Forces, and their bravery and desire to serve, which reflects great love for others and genuine loyalty to the United States; and
WHEREAS, In times of peace, we have strived to preserve the rights secured to us in the Constitution and to ensure that every American enjoys the full protection of those rights; and
WHEREAS, As citizens of this country, we formally acknowledge our faith in America and in this great democracy, and by honoring their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, military personnel, elected officials and civil servants help to preserve our rich heritage of freedom; and
WHEREAS, Students who recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school, as well as parents and educators who teach their children about the nation’s history and system of government, help to ensure this heritage is strengthened and renewed; and
WHEREAS, We should have the courage not only to recognize our differences, but also to build on the dreams we share and on the values we hold in common, and to reaffirm our belief in freedom, equality, justice and opportunity for all people;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate does hereby recognize the importance of loyalty and patriotism to residents throughout the state of Washington and elsewhere in the United States; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted immediately by the Secretary of the Senate to the Mayor of Long Beach, Washington.
At 10:11 a.m., on motion of Senator Betti Sheldon, the Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 30, 2001.
BRAD OWEN, President of the Senate
TONY M. COOK, Secretary of the Senate