Readshaw resolutions commemorate milestones in U.S. history

Pearl Harbor, Bill of Rights honored

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – Two resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, call on Pennsylvanians to honor uniquely American events this December. The House recently adopted both resolutions by unanimous vote.

House Resolution 1125 designates Dec. 7, 2018, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in Pennsylvania, while H.R. 1126 designates Dec. 15, 2018, as “Bill of Rights Day.”

“With fewer World War II veterans around to provide first-hand accounts, it’s more important than ever that we keep their stories alive by remembering the attack that precipitated our entry into the war,” Readshaw said. “Even as our nation reeled from the loss of more than 2,400 military and civilian lives, thousands more rushed to enlist. We need to encourage our younger generations to study this event 77 years ago that summoned our nation’s resolve and played such a pivotal role in our history.

“As a related point, World War II – like so many wars – was fought in defense of our most cherished freedoms. The constitution laid the foundation for our government, but it was the Bill of Rights, ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, that gave birth to the individual liberties we hold so dear 227 years later. It’s fitting that we remember and reflect on these two uniquely American events together.”