Senate approves Phillips-Hill’s bill to commemorate Veterans of Persian Gulf War and Global War on Terrorism

HARRISBURG – The Senate gave its unanimous support to legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would designate March 6 as Persian Gulf War Veterans Day and October 7 as Global War on Terrorism Veterans Day in the Commonwealth.

Phillips-Hill said a local veteran, Sgt. Harold Redding of Spring Grove, brought the issue to her attention.

More than 2.5 million Americans served and over 6,000 Americans, including 324 Pennsylvanians, paid the ultimate sacrifice over these two conflicts. Phillips-Hill said these commemorations will be a way to remember, honor and educate the next generation about these important moments in our nation’s history. The state currently recognizes conflicts including World War II, Korean War and Vietnam.

“Since we are nearing the 30th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War and the 19th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, it is critical to ensure that we honor, respect and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of so many Pennsylvanians who served in these two major conflicts,” Phillips-Hill said.

Under the bill, the governor shall annually issue a proclamation encouraging all public schools and educational institutions to observe these special days by conducting exercises recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by these veterans.

The legislation moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration.

You can watch Senator Phillips-Hill’s comments on the legislation here.

You can listen to Senator Phillips-Hill’s comments on the legislation here.