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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature

00 Enrolled HJR 23                                                                                                         
01 Proclaiming March 27, 2014, as Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day.                                                  
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03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
04      WHEREAS, 50 years ago, on March 27, 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake known as                                  
05 the Good Friday Earthquake rocked a 50,000-square-mile area of Southcentral Alaska; and                                 
06      WHEREAS the Good Friday Earthquake was the largest earthquake in the history of                                  
07 North America; and                                                                                                      
08      WHEREAS the Good Friday Earthquake caused a tragic loss of life, caused                                          
09 remarkable devastation, leveled entire communities, and endangered thousands of Alaskans;                               
10 and                                                                                                                     
11      WHEREAS Governor William A. Egan immediately activated the Alaska Army                                           
12 National Guard and the Alaska Air National Guard to deliver emergency supplies and medical                              
13 care to affected Southcentral communities; and                                                                          
14      WHEREAS firefighters, police officers, Alaska state troopers, members of the United                              
15 States Army Corps of Engineers, medics, doctors, nurses, municipal workers, and many other                              
16 emergency professionals selflessly served the state and their fellow Alaskans when they were                            
17 needed most; and                                                                                                        
01      WHEREAS, after the earthquake, the United States Army Corps of Engineers                                     
02 launched "Operation Helping Hand," a successful relief effort to restore essential roads,                               
03 power, fuel, water, and communications systems before the onset of winter; and                                          
04      WHEREAS members of the Alaska Army National Guard and the Alaska Air                                             
05 National Guard provided invaluable assistance with security following the earthquake,                                   
06 allowing emergency rescue and disaster relief personnel to assist Alaskans with the task of                             
07 recovering from the disaster; and                                                                                       
08      WHEREAS Major General Thomas P. Carroll, who was the adjutant general of the                                     
09 Alaska National Guard at the time, was killed April 27, 1964, in an airplane crash after                                
10 accompanying Governor William A. Egan to Valdez to survey the damage caused by the                                      
11 earthquake; also killed in the crash were the pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Norris, Sr., the                         
12 co-pilot, Major James Rowe, and the flight engineer, Technical Sergeant Kenneth W. Ayers;                               
13 and                                                                                                                     
14      WHEREAS, following the earthquake, thousands of Alaskans from all walks of life                                  
15 became first responders by helping to locate and treat injured Alaskans; and                                            
16      WHEREAS citizens immediately began the process of rebuilding devastated                                          
17 communities; and                                                                                                        
18      WHEREAS March 27, 2014, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday                                        
19 Earthquake;                                                                                                             
20      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature remembers, recognizes, and                                      
21 honors the hard work and exemplary sacrifice of the thousands of military and national guard                            
22 members, first responders, and citizens who came to the aid of Alaskans in the aftermath of                             
23 the Good Friday Earthquake; and be it                                                                                   
24      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature proclaims March 27,                                           
25 2014, as Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day.                                                                        
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