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1050Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20000119Primary Sponsor: MooreAll Sponsors: MooreDrafted Document Number: l:\s-res\tlm\004purp.whb.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000127Subject: Purple Heart Day, third Saturday in February; Veterans' and Military Affairs, honor recipients of; ResolutionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20000127 Received from House House 20000126 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence Senate 20000120 Adopted, sent to House Senate 20000119 Introduced, placed on Calendar without reference Versions of This Bill Revised on January 19, 2000 - Word format
January 19, 2000
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Read the first time January 19, 2000.
TO RECOGNIZE THE THIRD SATURDAY IN FEBRUARY AS PURPLE HEART DAY IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART FOR MILITARY MERIT AND THE EXCEPTIONAL MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE RECEIVED THIS DECORATION.
Whereas, the Order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit, commonly called "The Purple Heart," is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier; and
Whereas, General Washington conceived of and authorized this eloquent and forceful symbol of citizen responsibility in his General Orders of August 7, 1782, after being deprived by the Continental Congress of his usual means of reward for soldiers serving in the Revolutionary War; and
Whereas, the U.S. War Department revived the Purple Heart decoration on February 22, 1932, which has since been awarded to more than 800,000 men and women from all walks of life, religions, creeds, and ethnicity; and
Whereas, the Purple Heart, definitely a combat decoration, is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of an Armed Force or any civilian national of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded; and
Whereas, the "Military Order for the Purple Heart," the only strictly combat organization in existence, was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration, and is composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients; and
Whereas, the Purple Heart was created to "cherish virtuous ambition in soldiers as well as foster and encourage every species of military merit," and to honor "not only instances of unusual gallantry but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service." Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognizes the third Saturday in February as Purple Heart Day in South Carolina, and honors the decoration itself and those men and women who have received it.
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