SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 8008
State of Washington 55th Legislature 1997 Regular Session
By Senators Oke, Winsley, Benton, Roach, Horn, Swanson, Sheldon and Kohl
Read first time 02/05/97.
TO THE HONORABLE WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:
We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully represent and petition as follows:
WHEREAS, The Battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB 63) is the solitary identifiable symbol of the end of World War II for both the servicemen and women who served overseas during that period and the millions of home front defense workers; and
WHEREAS, This intrinsic historical vessel is presently moored on the mainland of the contiguous states of the union where the majority of veterans and home front defense workers and their descendants reside and are economically able to visit and observe the significance of the U.S.S. Missouri's involvement in ending the most important event of the 20th century; and
WHEREAS, The youth of the United States of America, the future leaders of this republic, will learn from and appreciate the sacrifices for freedom which the U.S.S. Missouri represents; and
WHEREAS, The Missouri on the Mainland Committee (MOM) has been duly organized and proposes that the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB 63) be moored at a suitable location on the mainland to provide accessibility for the majority of the American public to savor a taste of freedom and their heritage; and
WHEREAS, The Washington State legislature supports the actions and the proposal of the Missouri on the Mainland Committee (MOM);
NOW, THEREFORE, Your Memorialists respectfully pray that the Congress of the United States of America enact appropriate legislation to retain the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB 63) at a selected site on the mainland.
BE IT RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable William J. Clinton, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of Washington.
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