May 28, 2007

Congress Urges Cemetery Visits

H.Res. 392: Urging Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the American Cemeteries, Memorials and Markers:
May 23, 2007.

Whereas the United States has fought in wars outside of its borders to restore freedom and human dignity;

Whereas the United States has spent its national treasure and shed its blood in fighting those wars;

Whereas many of those who died on the battlefield were laid to rest exactly where they fell;

Whereas those plots of ground are now known as American Cemeteries, Memorials and Markers, and they exist in 10 foreign countries on four continents;

Whereas these cemeteries exist as the final resting place for American servicemembers who fought valiantly in battles across the globe, including Ardennes and Flanders, Belgium; Manila, the Philippines; North Africa, Tunisia; Florence, Italy; and Normandy, France;

Whereas each year millions of American and foreign citizens visit the American Cemeteries, Memorials and Markers;

Whereas these overseas sites annually recognize Memorial Day with speeches, a reading of the Memorial Day Proclamation, wreath laying ceremonies, military bands and units, and the decoration of each grave site with the flag of the United States and that of the host country; and

Whereas the splendid commemorative sites inspire patriotism, evoke gratitude, and teach history: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That House of Representatives strongly urges Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the American Cemeteries, Memorials and Markers abroad, where the spirit of American generosity, sacrifice, and courage are displayed and commemorated.

February 12, 2007

House Resolutions

H.Res. 136 - Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D-NY]
Commending the Girl Scouts of the United States of America on the occasion of their 95th anniversary, for providing quality age-appropriate experiences that prepare girls to become the leaders of tomorrow and for raising issues important to girls.

H.Res. 138 - Rep. Mike Ross [D-AR]
Recognizing the importance of Hot Springs National Park on its 175th anniversary.

February 3, 2007

20 Days: Amazing Grace Movie

Release Date: February 23, 2007

Trailer on YouTube

Official Movie Web site

This film features the lives of John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace, and William Wilberforce, the legislator largely responsible for driving the bill through Parliament that outlawed the slave trade in Great Britain.

2007 marks the 200-year anniversary of both John Newton's passing and the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.

John Newton lived for 30,088 days.
William Wilberforce lived for 27,002 days.

The Slave Trade Act has been in effect for 72,999 days.

That means tomorrow, pastors have a perfect plug for the movie: "Exactly 73,000 days ago today, the British Parliament passed the law outlawing the slave trade. In 19 days, you can go see an excellent and inspiring movie that tells you all about it."

10,835 days

January 13, 2007

Permanent Veteran Markers

H.R. 358 - Rep. Dave Reichert [R-WA]
To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand and make permanent the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit for Government markers for marked graves of veterans buried in private cemeteries, and for other purposes.

Alexander Hamilton, 17,348 days

Alexander Hamilton lived for 17,348 days, and served in office for 1,968 days.

H.Res. 54 - Rep. Vito Fossella [R-NY]
Honoring Alexander Hamilton on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

In 4 Days: Doomsday Clock to Advance

"Many news sites are reporting that the magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists intends to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock on Wednesday 17 January.

"The clock was started at seven minutes to midnight during the Cold War and has been moved forward or back at intervals, depending on the state of the world and the prospects for nuclear war.

"Midnight represents destruction by nuclear war.

"It is not revealed in which direction the hands of the clock will be moved, but it should be safe to assume that they will move closer to midnight: the magazine cites 'worsening nuclear [and] climate threats.'

"The clock stood at two minutes to midnight when both the United States and the Soviet Union tested nuclear weapons in 1953. The farthest away from midnight it ever got was 17 minutes, in 1991 when both superpowers signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. It currently stands at seven minutes to midnight."

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