Whereas, September 11, 2002, should come to be known as “911 Heroes Day”; and
Whereas, the purpose of this special day would be to forever honor and celebrate the spirit, courage, and service of public safety personnel throughout the country, past, present, and future; and
Whereas, the creation of this day of recognition would not only pay tribute to the men and women who died protecting their communities, but it would also give new strength to their families; and
Whereas, this recognition would allow a grateful nation to say thank you to the thousands of public safety personnel who protect us in ways we never know; and
Whereas, the loss of a single firefighter or police officer is a national tragedy; and
Whereas, it is fitting and proper that the State of South Carolina take the lead in establishing a day to recognize the bravery of our public safety personnel, both living and dead. Now, therefore,
That the General Assembly of South Carolina proclaims September 11, 2002, as “911 Heroes Day”, a day of recognition to express the gratitude of the citizens of South Carolina for all the sacrifices made by public safety personnel in the performance of their duties.
Be it further resolved that the General Assembly of South Carolina requests the Governor of the State of South Carolina and all local communities to appropriately honor public safety personnel on September 11, 2002.
Be it further resolved that the General Assembly of South Carolina memorializes the Congress of the United States, as its schedule permits, to review the current federal holiday policy and schedule to determine the proper national honor on September 11 for public safety personnel.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and to each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, and the Honorable James H. Hodges, Governor of South Carolina.