Resolution J1986-2013

Recognizing Kwang Nam Lee upon the occasion of his designation as a 2013 Memorial Day Distinguished Veteran Honoree

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  recognizing  Kwang Nam Lee upon the occasion of
his designation as a 2013 Memorial Day Distinguished Veteran Honoree

WHEREAS, It is  the  sense  of  this  Legislative  Body  to  acknowledge
outstanding individuals whose professional lives, personal endeavors and
community  service  are  an example and inspiration to their colleagues,
friends, and family; and
  WHEREAS, Members and former members  of  the  Armed  Services  of  the
United States and its allies from the State of New York, who have served
so  valiantly  and honorably in wars in which this country's freedom was
at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace in peace time, deserve
a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to recognize
Kwang Nam Lee upon the occasion of his designation as  a  2013  Memorial
Day  Distinguished  Veteran  Honoree;  this  auspicious occasion will be
celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, A resident of Flushing, New York,  Kwang  Nam  Lee  graduated
from Sungkyun kwan University in Korea in 1964 with a degree in English;
and
  WHEREAS,  Immediately  after  graduating  from  college, Kwang Nam Lee
entered into the Republic of Korea Marine Corps Officer Candidate School
and later attended the Marine Military English School and the Army Mili-
tary Intelligence School; and
  WHEREAS, In 1968, Kwang Nam Lee deployed to serve as a Captain in  the
Vietnam War as part of the Republic of Korea Blue Dragon Brigade, one of
the  three  main  units  deployed  to  Vietnam to fight alongside United
States Armed Forces personnel; and
  WHEREAS, In 1970, Kwang Nam Lee received a military  scholarship  from
the  South  Korean  government  to  attend  Officer Candidates School at
Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, and the U.S.  Naval  Instructor
Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1984,  Kwang Nam Lee immigrated to the United States; in
1994, he served as the President of  the  Korean  Veterans  Association,
Eastern  U.S.A.  from 2002 to 2010, he served as a major in the New York
State National Guard; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, Kwang Nam Lee is the President of the R.O.K.- U.S.
Marine Foundation and the R.O.K. - U.S. Vietnam War Veterans; he  estab-
lished  both  of  these  organizations  in  2012  to recognize and honor
persons who have served in war and  to  provide  comfort,  support,  and
additional  resources to improve the quality of life of military person-
nel, veterans and their families; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Kwang Nam Lee volunteers as the Liaison  Officer
of the Korean War Veterans Association; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire period of his military, professional
and community service, a period of constructive involvement,  Kwang  Nam
Lee  has stood constant in dignity, good grace and humor, and has earned
the respect and admiration of his colleagues, family and friends; and
  WHEREAS, Our veterans deserve to be recognized, commended and  thanked
by  the  people of the State of New York for their service and for their
dedication; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
recognize  Kwang  Nam Lee upon the occasion of his designation as a 2013
Memorial Day Distinguished Veteran Honoree; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Kwang Nam Lee.

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