JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3

 

A Joint Resolution designating the week of April 9th through 15th of each year as New Jersey P.O.W.-M.I.A. Week of Remembrance.

 

Whereas, The citizens of this State have proudly answered the call of their country in war; and

 

Whereas, This State is deeply indebted to its servicemen and women of all wars and conflicts for their courage and sacrifice; and

 

Whereas, The citizens of this State should be reminded of the sacrifices their fellow New Jerseyans have made in each conflict in which their nation has fought, including the most recent conflict in Iraq; and

 

Whereas, During Operation Iraqi Freedom, American troops were held by the enemy as prisoners of war, and subjected by their enemy captors to treatment in violation of international codes and customs for the treatment of prisoners of war; and

 

Whereas, This terrible ordeal of uncertainty about their fate, caused their families and friends extreme pain and grief; and

 

Whereas, A tribute to commemorate and honor those who have endured the hardship of being a prisoner of war and to remember and honor those missing in action is appropriate; and

 

Whereas, It is therefore fitting and proper to pay homage to the men and women from New Jersey who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have suffered as prisoners of war or who remain missing in action; now, therefore,


    Be It Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


C.36:2-84 New Jersey P.O.W.-M.I.A. Week of Remembrance, April 9 through April 15; designated.

    1.    The week of April 9th through 15th of each year is designated as New Jersey P.O.W.-M.I.A. Week of Remembrance in order to pay public tribute to the thousands of men and women who have suffered as prisoners of war or who remain missing in action.


    2.    The Governor and the Legislature shall annually call upon its citizens to join with citizens of all states in recalling those who were prisoners of war or are missing in action, in remembering the suffering their families have endured and are enduring, and in honoring the memory of those who have made the supreme sacrifice.


    3.    This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.


    Approved April 11, 2005.