INDIANAPOLIS - On Tuesday, the Indiana House of Representatives passed a joint resolution supporting U.S. military personnel and the actions President Bush is taking in the war against Iraq and against terrorism.
Military veterans and Republican co-authors of the resolution are Representatives Bob Alderman, Fort Wayne - U.S. Army, Lany Buell, Indianapolis - U.S. Army, Jeff Espich, Uniondale - U.S. Army, Don Lehe, Brookston - U.S. Army National Guard and Rich McClain, Logansport - U.S. Navy. All 100 State Representatives have signed on to the resolution as co-authors.
"At such a critical time in our nation's history, there is no greater need than for all Americans and all Hoosiers to show support for the men and women serving overseas," said Rep. Andy Thomas (R-Brazil). "It is imperative for all Hoosiers to stand united."
The House wished to show support to the families of the thousands of Hoosiers that are currently participating in the war against terrorism. Approximately 1,500 Indiana National Guardsmen have been activated.
"The families of Hoosier soldiers will hear our message today and know that the Indiana House of Representatives is with them and that we deeply appreciate the sacrifice that their sons and daughters are making on our behalf," said Rep. Jeff Espich.
The legislators also wish to show their support for Hoosier troops in the face of a growing divide among the American public. Over 150 cities across the country have recently passed resolutions opposing U.S. foreign policy toward Iraq. House veterans stressed the continuous threat that America faces.
"As we've seen for the last twelve years, the threat to the United States and to Hoosiers increases day by day as long as the tyrant that leads Iraq is allowed to continue his defiance of the United Nations," said Rep. Lehe. "We have also seen every effort made by our President and his cabinet to bring this matter to a peaceful close."
The nation's terror alert is now at a Code Orange but could move to a Code Red, The legislators also offered a warning against complacency.
"It is of extreme importance that Americans and all Hoosiers remember September 11 and not allow ourselves to once again become complacent," said Rep. McClain. "Hoosiers must remain vigilant and remember any safety measures mat may be necessary in their homes and in their workplaces."
Veterans from the Republican Caucus last week asked their Democrat colleagues to join them to introduce such a resolution. Today's show of support was, in part, a result of that call. House Republican Leader Brian Bosma stressed the need for the legislative body to speak with one voice in support of President Bush and our troops.
"We must all stand behind our President as he takes actions in support of Americans at home and abroad to ensure the freedoms we all cherish. These freedoms were won and maintained throughout our country's history by millions of brave Americans who fought in our nation's conflicts and have maintained peace while not at war. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of America's veterans and we offer them our full support to today's troops, as they may be making the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that our freedom and our liberty continues."