Resolution J3871-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 13, 2014, as K9 Veterans Appreciation Day in the State of New York

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  • Mar 11, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 11, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 7, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 13, 2014, as K9 Veterans Appreciation Day in the State of
New York

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have  this  opportunity  to
recognize  all  the  working  military dogs, past and present, that have
served our Nation; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense  of  this  Legislative  Body  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim March 13, 2014, as K9 Veterans
Appreciation Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, During World War I, dogs were used for the dangerous  job  of
carrying messages throughout the vast network of trenches, as well as to
provide comfort to our soldiers; and
  WHEREAS,  In  January  of  1942,  Dogs  for Defense was established by
members of the American Kennel Club;  this  vital  organization  trained
dogs for coastal sentry duty for the United States Army; and
  WHEREAS,  On  March  13, 1942, the K9 Corps was established within the
Quartermaster Corps to train dogs and handlers for use as  sentry  dogs,
scout or patrol dogs, messenger dogs, and mine dogs; and
  WHEREAS, An estimated 1,500 military working dogs were utilized by the
United  States Army during the Korean War, 4,000 during the Vietnam War,
and over 500 dog teams have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan; and
  WHEREAS, Other branches of the United States military,  including  the
Marine  Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force, have also used military
working dogs to assist in their operations; and
  WHEREAS, Military working dogs and their handlers have been trained to
provide a variety of functions including explosive detection, search and
rescue, scout, patrol, sentry, and messenger, as well as to  subdue  the
enemy; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  the  years,  military working dogs have helped to save
countless lives of both American soldiers and civilians; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, many residents of the  State  of  New  York  are
involved  in  activities to assist in United States military working dog
programs; and
  WHEREAS, It is well-known K9 dogs are loyal, loving, and devoted,  and
they  have  knowingly  placed themselves in harm's way, often making the
ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for their partners; and
  WHEREAS, It is appropriate for this Legislative Body to commend  these
dogs  and to recognize their contributions by observing K9 Veterans Day,
honoring the past and present canines for  their  valuable  service  and
protection;  they  truly deserve to be remembered by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 13, 2014, as K9
Veterans Appreciation Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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