A JOINT RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ALL PEOPLE TO REMEMBER THE PRISONERS OF WAR OF PAST WARS AND CONFLICTS, INCLUDING THE IRANIAN PRISONERS, AND URGING THE NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXTEND BENEFITS TO THE FAMILIES OF THESE HEROES.
Whereas, President Reagan declared January 29, 1981, as a day of thanksgiving for the return of the hostages from Iran; and
Whereas, the returned men and women are heroes in the truest sense of the word for having survived 444 days in captivity at the hands of the Iranian outlaws; and
Whereas, the American people through their elected representatives in Washington have rightfully extended certain benefits to the most deserving families of the hostages who also suffered depravations during the hostages' long captivity;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
Section 1. We, the members of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, do by these presents express our thanksgiving for the safe return of the 52 hostages who represented this country with honor during their long ordeal.
Sec. 2. We, the members of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, further, by these presents express our highest regard for and appreciation for the lives of Marine Staff Sergeant Dewey L. Johnson of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Marine Sergeant John David Harvey, Marine Corporal George N. Holmes, Jr., Air Force Captain Richard Bakke, Air Force Captain Harold Lewis, Air Force Captain Lyn D. Mcintosh, Air Force Captain Charles T. McMillan, and Air Force Technical Sergeant Joel C. Mayo who gave their lives during a gallant attempt to free the American hostages from captivity in Iran.
Sec. 3. We, the members of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, further, by these presents express our highest regards and appreciation to and urge our fellow citizens of this great nation never to forget the many men who sacrificed so much as prisoners of war during World War I, World War II, and especially the survivors of the Bataan Death March, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, and especially the survivors of the seizure of the U.S.S. Pueblo, and those gallant heroes who have not been accounted for and may still be captives in foreign prisons as a result of their service to this nation.
Sec. 4. We, the members of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, urge the North Carolina Congressional Delegation to introduce and press for the passage of legislation to extend all benefits, already passed and any that are contemplated, to be afforded to the returned Iran hostages and their families, to the families of these other deserving prisoners of war and the families of the eight brave military men who died in Iran trying to free the hostages.
Sec. 5. A copy of this joint resolution shall be mailed to each member of the United States Congress representing North Carolina.
Sec. 6. This resolution is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 2nd day of April, 1981.