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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AND THE MEMBERS OF
    THE CITIZENS' STAMP ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO ISSUE A
    COMMEMORATIVE STAMP AND STATIONERY TO HONOR SPARK M.
    MATSUNAGA (1916-1990), UNITED STATES SENATOR AND
    CONGRESSMAN, AND WORLD WAR II HERO.


 1        WHEREAS, Spark M. Matsunaga, a decorated war hero who
 2   became a United States Senator from the State of Hawaii,
 3   dedicated his life and career to achieving liberty and justice
 4   for all people and promoting world peace; and
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 6        WHEREAS, a Japanese-American, Matsunaga served with
 7   distinction and valor in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the
 8   first Japanese American unit formed during World War II, for
 9   which he received the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Bronze
10   Star medal, and two Purple Heart medals; and
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12        WHEREAS, as a political leader, Matsunaga was a champion
13   of veterans' rights and welfare and a staunch defender of civil
14   rights for all Americans, including immigrants and other
15   minority groups, regardless of their race or ethnicity; and
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17        WHEREAS, as a member of the United States Senate,
18   Matsunaga worked to promote the peaceful resolution of global
19   conflicts, encouraged Soviet-American cooperation in the
20   aftermath of the Cold War, and fought to obtain redress for the
21   survivors of World War II internment camps; now, therefore,
22   
23        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
24   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
25   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the United States Postal
26   Service and the members of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory
27   Committee are requested to issue a commemorative stamp and
28   stationery to honor Spark M. Matsunaga (1916-1990), United
29   States Senator and Congressman, and World War II hero; and
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31        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
32   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Postmaster General

 
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 1   of the United States, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors
 2   of the United States Postal Service, the Citizens' Stamp
 3   Advisory Committee, and the members of Hawaii's congressional
 4   delegation.
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 8                         OFFERED BY:  _____________________________
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11                         On Behalf of Senator Matthew M. Matsunaga