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Measures sponsored by Rezin honor military, their families

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:03 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, is the chief sponsor and chief co-sponsor of two legislative measures that honor those who have died during military duty. 

Rezin passed Senate Resolution 1088 on May 19, which designates June 21 as “Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial Day” in honor of those who have fallen during the War on Terror, according to a news release from Rezin’s office.

“This wall is really a beautiful tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free,” Rezin said in the release. “This resolution pays respect to those who have fought against terror and lost their lives protecting all that we hold dear.”

The wall is in Marseilles and was dedicated June 19, 2004, commemorating the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979.

The second measure, House Bill 5475, allows the Secretary of State to issue Gold Star license plates to surviving children of a Gold Star recipient. Rezin said this legislation will honor the memory of fallen soldiers in Illinois by offering their families this special designation. 

“We have several Gold Star recipients in the 38th Senate District,” Rezin said in the release. “They deserve recognition and privileges, which this legislation will afford. This certainly isn’t a designation that they want, yet it honors the memory of those brave men and women who served our country. ”

Gold Stars are given to the spouse or next of kin of men and women who are killed in the line of duty. 

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