CHAPTER 609

FORMERLY HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

NO. 5

EXPRESSING CONCERN FOR AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR AND COMMENDING THE PRISONER OF WAR COMMISSION OF DELAWARE, GOVERNOR RUSSELL W. PETERSON AND ALL THE PERSONS WHO PLANNED OR PARTICIPATED IN THE P.O.W. BENEFIT BASKETBALL GAME.

WHEREAS, the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 126th General Assembly, along with millions of other Americans are deeply concerned over the growing number of Americans listed as "prisoners of war" or "missing in action"; and

WHEREAS, there is a great need for ways and means of generating sympathy and corresponding action so that these men — many of whom departed their homes months and years ago —may be returned soon to their loved ones at home, or that current information regarding these men may be obtained; and

WHEREAS, the Prisoner of War Committee of Delaware is working diligently to fulfill the aforementioned goals by informing the public in numerous ways, not the least being the benefit basketball game on March 10, 1971, between the Delaware Blue Bombers of the Eastern Professional Basketball League and a team of Delaware legislators and other State's officials coached by Governor Russell W. Peterson; and

WHEREAS, the members of both Houses of the 126th General Assembly wish to commend the P.O.W. Commission of Delaware and all others who made the game a success.

NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED that the members of both Houses of the 126th General Assembly of the State of Delaware extend sincere thanks and congratulations to the P.O.W. Committee of Delaware for promoting the benefit basketball game, to the many other persons who contributed to its success, including the members and

officials of the two participating teams, the referees, school officials of St. Marks High School who made the excellent gymnasium facilities available for the game, the fans who attended the game, the Delaware State Police who had men on duty at the game, Delaware businessmen who supported the game through block purchases of tickets, and to all other persons involved.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the text of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of both the Senate and House of Representatives of the 126th General Assembly and copies be sent to Governor Russell W. Peterson, Mr. Steven Rothschild of the Prisoner of War Commission of Delaware, to Colonel George J. Bundek, Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, to Mr. Joseph Horwitz, principal owner of the Delaware Blue Bombers, the Reverend James Dulaney, principal of St. Marks High School, and to William Kapa and Louis Moser, referees for the game.

Approved April 11, 1971.