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State of Arkansas

85th General Assembly

Regular Session, 2005 SR 2
By: Senator Miller

SENATE RESOLUTION

TO COMMEMORATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE DURING WORLD WAR II.


Subtitle

TO COMMEMORATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF

THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE DURING WORLD WAR

II.


WHEREAS, Allied forces rebuffed the German Army's final great counter offensive of World War II during the battle which became known as the Battle of the Bulge, beginning in the Belgian Ardennes Forest on December 16, 1944, and ending on January 28, 1945; and
WHEREAS, the Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle of World War II in which the United States participated; and
WHEREAS, over a million men fought in the battle including 600,000 Germans, 500,000 Americans, and 55,000 British; and
WHEREAS, during the height of the battle and while surrounded by German forces with superior numbers of soldiers and weapons, the sacrifices and heroic acts of American soldiers became legendary; and
WHEREAS, the American 101st Airborne Division was able to hold the strategic location of Bastogne against the German Army during a six-day siege of the town, rejecting the German demand to surrender with the reply "Aw, nuts”; and
WHEREAS, the December 17, 1944, Malmeddy Massacre at the Baugnez Crossroads, where 86 prisoners of war were massacred by Waffen-SS soldiers, was the worst atrocity committed against American troops during the course of the war in Europe; and
WHEREAS, American forces suffered 81,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed, but still managed to repulse the German surprise attack that never amounted to more than a bulge in the Allied lines; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper to commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of United States soldiers during this historic battle,
NOW THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE EIGHTY-FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
THAT the Arkansas Senate honors the soldiers of the United States Armed Forces for their bravery and sacrifice during the Battle of the Bulge.


01-24-2005 12:35 DLP093



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