Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 12, 2021, as Women Veterans Recognition Day in the State of New York

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Assembly Resolution No. 447

BY: M. of A. Hunter

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
June 12, 2021, as Women Veterans Recognition Day in
the State of New York

WHEREAS, Seventy-three years ago, on June 12, 1948, President Harry
S. Truman signed into law the Women's Armed Services Act of 1948 (P.L.
625-80th Congress); this law ensured that women would have a permanent
place in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines; and

WHEREAS, The late Senator Margaret Chase Smith from Maine authorized
the legislation that President Truman signed; the Act remains the most
significant legislation pertaining to women's military service and is
the cornerstone for policies and regulations affecting women; and

WHEREAS, Women have always answered the call to duty, serving the
United States of America with integrity and respect; and

WHEREAS, Women make up nearly 15% of today's active duty military
and 18 percent of those who serve in the United States guard and Reserve
Forces are women; and

WHEREAS, As of 2015 women made up nearly 12.3 percent of OEF
(Operation Enduring Freedom); OIF (Operation Iraq Freedom) and ONO
(Operation New Dawn) veterans; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, the median age of women veterans was 51 years
compared to 65 years of age for males; and

WHEREAS, Women from New York who have served in the Armed Forces of
the United States have made countless contributions and tremendous
sacrifices; and

WHEREAS, It is important to recognize the contributions of New York
women veterans, and to educate the people of New York concerning the
role of women in our military; and

WHEREAS, Women serving in the military continue to demonstrate their
professionalism, dedication, leadership, and skills, as well as the
patriotism and love for their country as they mobilize in record numbers
to support Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation
Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Inherent Resolve and the
Global War on Terrorism; and

WHEREAS, Today there are more than 2 million women veterans in the
United States, representing 8.4 percent of the total veteran's
population; and

WHEREAS, Among the Armed Forces, there are over 60,000 women
veterans in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Women who have served this country in uniform, during
wartime and peacetime service, have earned our respect and thanks; and

WHEREAS, In 1998, the State of New York dedicated The New York State
Women Veterans Memorial located in Albany, New York, to honor the 1.2
million women in military service over the past 200 years; and

WHEREAS, In January of 2013, an announcement was made by Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta that the military would be lifting the policy
against women in combat roles; and

WHEREAS, The first woman to serve aboard a Navy fast-attack
submarine reported to duty on the USS Minnesota in January 2015; and

WHEREAS, The American Legion elected its first female national
commander at their 99th National Convention in August of 2017; Commander
Denise Rohan served on active duty as a stock control and accounting
specialist and repair parts specialist course instructor at Fort Lee,
Virginia, where she was honorably discharge in 1976; and

WHEREAS, The American Legion Department of New York elected US Navy
veteran Rena M. Nessler at the 99th convention in Syracuse, New York, in
July of 2017; Commander Nessler served from 1969 to 1972, and was
honorably discharged as a yeoman third class; she is the first woman to
hold the position of Commander of the American Legion Department of New
York; and

WHEREAS, General Ann Dunwoody, the first women in U.S. military
history to achieve the rank of four-star general, was named as the 2019
recipient of the Sylvanus Thayer Award; and

WHEREAS, Women Veterans Recognition Day is a living testament to the
courage of so many; from its broad base of shared concern and responsive
endeavor, there yet emanates the current of valiant tradition and the
irrepressible tide of freedom; and

WHEREAS, Through its avowed commitment to those who have served in
the cause of America's Freedom, Women Veterans Recognition Day does so
unselfishly advance the spirit of the united purpose and shared concern
which is the unalterable manifestation of our American experience; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
pay tribute to the bravery, patriotism and sacrifice made by women, both
those still living and those who did in service of our great country;
and most proudly commemorate the 73rd Anniversary of the signing of the
Women's Armed Forces Service Act of 1948, which later came to be known
as Women Veterans Recognition Day; and to memorialize Governor Andrew M.
Cuomo to proclaim, Wednesday, June 12, 2021, as Women Veterans
Recognition Day in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York; and Past Department Commander Rene M. Nessler, The American
Legion Department of New York.


  • 09 / Jun / 2021
  • 10 / Jun / 2021

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