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1997







SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 97-18

BY SENATORS Tebedo, Duke, Powers, Rizzuto, Wells, Norton, Alexander, Ament, Arnold, Blickensderfer, Chlouber, Coffman, Congrove, Dennis, Feeley, Hernandez, Hopper, Johnson, Lacy, Linkhart, Martinez, Matsunaka, Mutzebaugh, Pascoe, Perlmutter, Phillips, Reeves, Rupert, Schroeder, Tanner, Thiebaut, Weddig, and Wham;

also REPRESENTATIVES May, Epps, Lamborn, McElhany, Morrison, Sinclair, Adkins, Agler, K. Alexander, Allen, Anderson, Arrington, Bacon, C. Berry, G. Berry, Chavez, Clarke, Dean, Dyer, Entz, Faatz, George, Gordon, Gotlieb, Grampsas, Grossman, Hagedorn, Johnson, June, Kaufman, Keller, Kreutz, Lawrence, Leyba, Mace, McPherson, Miller, Musgrave, Nichol, Owen, Pankey, Paschall, Pfiffner, Reeser, Romero, Salaz, Saliman, Schauer, Schwarz, Smith, Snyder, Sullivant, Swenson, Takis, Tate, Taylor, Tool, Tucker, Tupa, Udall, Veiga, S. Williams, T. Williams, Young, and Zimmerman.



CONCERNING THE DEDICATION OF THE MEMORIAL HONORING THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.


WHEREAS, The year 1997 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the establishment of the United States Air Force as a separate armed force of this nation; and

WHEREAS, The United States Army Air Corps, forerunner of today's Air Force, demonstrated the importance of air power in modern warfare by significantly contributing to the conclusion of World War II, these wartime achievements convincing the nation's leaders to establish the Air Force as a separate and equal military department; and

WHEREAS, The newly founded United States Air Force countered the Soviet­backed invasion of South Korea by communist North Korea, bringing to conclusion a three year brutal conflict and simultaneously introducing jet fighters that established the United States' air superiority in warfare; and

WHEREAS, The United States Air Force became a preeminent instrument of America's defense strategy in containing the spread of communism by constantly maintaining air and ground alert for the duration of the Cold War, leading to a successful conclusion of the Cold War and the demise of communist aggression; and

WHEREAS, The possession of strong strategic air power helped the United States prevail in the Berlin and Cuban crises in the 1960's; and

WHEREAS, The United States Air Force led the world in developing launch vehicles and orbital satellites, thereby protecting the nation's interest in the realm of space; and

WHEREAS, The Air Force successfully engaged in operations to preserve freedom in far reaches of the globe, including the bravery and heartbreak of Vietnam, the seizure of Grenada in 1983, the raid on Libya in 1986, the invasion of Panama in 1989, and in other remote global locations; and

WHEREAS, The well­trained, dedicated personnel and sophisticated weapons of the Air Force significantly contributed to the early conclusion of Operation Desert Storm in 1991; and

WHEREAS, The United States Air Force is comprised of dedicated Americans, thousands of whom are residents of Colorado, who have been called upon for increased participation in contingency operations for humanitarian relief deployments to Somalia, Iraq, Rwanda, Bosnia, and other distant points; and

WHEREAS, A Fiftieth Anniversary Memorial will perpetually honor both the veterans from the State of Colorado who have served in the United States Air Force and all members of the Air Force now serving during this anniversary year in the active duty forces, the Guard, and the Reserves; and

WHEREAS, This bronze Fiftieth Anniversary Memorial, portraying the duty of the United States Air Force to forever preserve freedom in the skies and in space beyond will initially be unveiled on Memorial Day, May 26, 1997, at the Veterans Honor Court of the Shrine of Remembrance of Colorado Springs; and

WHEREAS, The second and third castings of the bronze memorial will be dedicated at the Peterson Air Force Base Historical District and the United States Air Force Academy, commending and honoring the patriotic service and memory of many Coloradans, who while loyally serving the United States Air Force at home and abroad, made the supreme sacrifice for their country; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty­first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein:

That we, the members of the General Assembly of the State of Colorado, hereby honor all those who have served or who now serve honorably in the United States Air Force.

Be it further resolved, That the General Assembly finds and declares that the United States Air Force Fiftieth Anniversary Bronze Memorial will forever stand in honored remembrance of those who served the cause of freedom while wearing the Air Force blue.

Be it further resolved, That a copy of this Joint Resolution be provided to General Howell M. Estes, III, USAF, the Senior Air Force Representative within the State of Colorado; the Corps of Cadets of the United States Air Force Academy; and to each of the distinguished Honorary Trustees of the Veterans Honor Court of the Shrine of Remembrance, including the donor of the memorial, Costas Rombocos of the Shrine of Remembrance.


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Tom Norton Charles E. Berry

PRESIDENT OF SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

THE SENATE OF REPRESENTATIVES


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Joan M. Albi Judith Rodrigue

SECRETARY OF CHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE

THE SENATE OF REPRESENTATIVES