Senate Resolution 04-027
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 04-027
BY SENATOR(S) Cairns, Anderson, Andrews, Arnold, Chlouber, Dyer, Entz, Evans, Fitz-Gerald, Gordon, Groff, Grossman, Hagedorn, Hanna, Hillman, Isgar, Johnson S., Jones, Keller, Kester, Lamborn, May R., McElhany, Nichol, Owen, Phillips, Reeves, Sandoval, Takis, Tapia, Taylor, Teck, Tupa, Veiga, and Windels;
also REPRESENTATIVE(S) Sinclair, Berry, Boyd, Briggs, Cadman, Carroll, Coleman, Crane, Fairbank, Frangas, Garcia, Harvey, Hoppe, Jahn, Johnson R., Larson, Lee, May M., McFadyen, Merrifield, Miller, Mitchell, Paccione, Pommer, Ragsdale, Rhodes, Romanoff, Rose, Salazar, Schultheis, Smith, Spence, Spradley, Stafford, Tochtrop, Weddig, Weissmann, Welker, Wiens, Williams S., and Witwer.
CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF A PORTION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 70 AS THE PURPLE HEART TRAIL.
WHEREAS, The Purple Heart Medal was established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782; and
WHEREAS, The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to honor military personnel who are wounded or killed in action against the enemy; and
WHEREAS, The Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA is an organization that was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration; and
WHEREAS, The Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA is composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients and is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans; and
WHEREAS, The Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA is coordinating a national effort to establish the Purple Heart Trail consisting of major interstate highways and roads leading to patriotic sites; and
WHEREAS, Our state and nation owe a deep debt of gratitude to those members of our Armed Forces who have been wounded or killed in combat and honored with the Purple Heart Medal; and
WHEREAS, Interstate Highway 70 has been previously designated to honor Pearl Harbor veterans; and
WHEREAS, Neither the association of Pearl Harbor Survivors or the Colorado Department of Transportation has objections to a dual designation for that highway; and
WHEREAS, According to Policy 803.0 established by the Transportation Commission of the state of Colorado and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, federal rule 2D.49, the General Assembly of Colorado by resolution may designate a component of the state highway system in honor of the living and deceased combat wounded veterans of all wars who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal; now, therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-fourth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein: That the General Assembly hereby requests that the state Transportation Commission designate so much of the interstate highway known as "Interstate Highway 70", as is within the boundaries of the state of Colorado, as the "Purple Heart Trail" and that suitable markers, monuments, or signs be paid for by the Military Order of the Purple Heart USA, department of Colorado, and be placed upon said highway at a point to be determined by the Commission.
Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Resolution be sent to George M. Gallagher, National Purple Heart Trail Coordinator; Jeffrey Roy, State Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart; Kenneth E. Melcher, President, United Veterans Committee of Colorado; Dave Wilson, President, Chapter 1 Pearl Harbor Survivors; State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; State Commander of the American Legion; State Commander of the Disabled American Veterans; the Transportation Commission of Colorado; the Colorado Department of Transportation; and to each member of Colorado's congressional delegation.
John Andrews Lola Spradley
PRESIDENT OF SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
THE SENATE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mona Heustis Judith Rodrigue
SECRETARY OF CHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE
THE SENATE OF REPRESENTATIVES