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The Senate this week adopted three Resolutions introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, honoring military veterans and the premier military support organization.

On Monday, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 20, which designates February 3 as Four Chaplains Day in honor of the lieutenants, all of different faiths, who gave their life vests to save others after the sinking of their ship by a German submarine on Feb. 3, 1943.

“They prayed with the dying and comforted all in their last hours as many clung to life.  In their final act of heroism, the four chaplains gave their own life jackets to others, ensuring their own certain death as the lifeboats were full,” Senator Vulakovich said.  “The four chaplains are now memorialized across our nation for their selfless bravery.”

On Tuesday, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 21, which designates February as USO Month in Pennsylvania.

“The United Service Organizations – better known as the USO – was founded in 1941 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and has worked in collaboration with the Department of Defense in fulfilling its mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families with collaboration, accountability, respect, gratitude and innovation,” said Senator Vulakovich. “With the generous donations of volunteers and contributors, the USO now serves thousands of troops at hundreds of entertainment events each year and through an extensive range of programs and services at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries.”

On Wednesday, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 28, which designates February 19 as Iwo Jima Day.

On February 19, 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima commenced at 9 a.m. with 60,000 U.S. Marines and 10,000 Navy Seabees landing on the island. Ultimately, it took 36 days and the loss of 6,821 soldiers but the U.S. prevailed against an enemy that had a tactical advantage of knowing the volcanic terrain, was fortified and largely hidden through underground tunnels and caves.  Nonetheless, the Japanese force of 22,000 suffered 18,844 deaths.

“The raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi, which took place on February 23, became an iconic image representing the teamwork, dedication, confidence and effectiveness for which the Marine Corps is renowned,” Senator Vulakovich said.

Contact:         Nate Silcox (717)        787-6538         nsilcox@pasen.gov

More information about state issues is available at Senator Vulakovich’s website, www.senatorvulakovich.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SenatorRandyVulakovich