Assembly Approves Gulf War Veterans’ Day
July 28, 2008
The New York State Assembly has given final legislative passage to a measure honoring Gulf War Veterans. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger sponsored the legislation (A.10521/S.6661), which establishes, as a Day of Commemoration, February 28 as Gulf War Veterans' Day. In 1990 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women defended America's interests during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. These men and women served with honor and distinction and accomplished their mission with dedication and valor. “Although our nation is currently at war, we must not forget those servicemen and women who have come before and paid the price in the defense of democracy in lives lost, families shattered and dreams deferred,” said Schimminger. “It is only fitting that New York State honor these great men and women by celebrating their achievements in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm by establishing February 28th as Gulf War Veterans' Day.” Senator John DeFrancisco sponsored this legislation in the State Senate. This legislation now awaits final approval by the governor.