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South Orange Proclamation 2-22-07


PROCLAMATION

Honoring The Bravery and Sacrifice of the Men and Women
Serving in the United States Armed Forces

WHEREAS the South Orange Board of Trustees recognizes the long and proud history of current and former residents of South Orange in defending our nation during times of war and crisis and;

WHEREAS the Board of Trustees honors the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women now serving in the United States armed forces and;

WHEREAS more than 3,000 United States servicemen and servicewomen have lost their lives in the current war in Iraq and;

WHEREAS more than 20,000 United States servicemen and servicewomen have sustained serious injuries in that war and;

WHEREAS tens of thousands and by some estimates hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the war and;

WHEREAS the war has cost US taxpayers nearly $400 billion, New Jersey taxpayers more than $17 billion and South Orange taxpayers more than $50 million and;

WHEREAS the bipartisan Iraq Study Group headed by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Congressman Lee Hamilton reached consensus that all US combat brigades not necessary for force protection could be out of Iraq within a year and;

WHEREAS numerous efforts by South Orange citizens have raised awareness of the human, economic and security costs of the war in Iraq and;

WHEREAS the petition signed by more than 1,100 local citizens, co-authored by South Mountain Peace Action and by Paul Schroeder and Rosemary Palmer, parents of Marine Lance Corporal Augie Schroeder, a Columbia High School graduate who was killed in Haditha, Iraq in August 2005, reads as follows:

Petition for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq

to Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez
Congressmen Donald Payne and William Pascrell

The undersigned residents of New Jersey, noting that 72% of US troops in Iraq wanted all United States troops to be withdrawn in 2006, urge you to work for legislation in the Senate and House to implement a responsible US withdrawal from Iraq; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Township of South Orange Village, New Jersey recognizes said petition as an important contribution to the quest for a just and fair conclusion to United States military involvement in Iraq and agrees to circulate this proclamation to the towns and cities of New Jersey and to our Governor and Senators and Congressional Representative; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of South Orange, New Jersey recognizes the importance of ongoing efforts by local citizens to promote the goals of peace and security, and that one of those efforts is the holding of an annual Be About Peace Day in South Orange and Maplewood; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of South Orange proclaims Saturday March 24, 2007 as Be About Peace Day in South Orange, New Jersey and will so inform the towns and cities of New Jersey, our Governor and Senators and Congressional Represenatives.

William R. Calabrese
Village President

 
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