SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 5
COMMENDING PRESIDENT NIXON FOR HIS EFFORTS IN OBTAINING A CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT AND ACCOMPLISHING A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT TO THE CONFLICT IN VIETNAM.
WHEREAS, on the evening of January 23, 1973, President Nixon announced that a Vietnam cease-fire will go into effect on Saturday, January 27, 1973 at 7:00 p.m. E.S.T; and
WHEREAS, all American troops will be withdrawn within 60 days and all American prisoners of war will return home for repatriation within the same time period; and
WHEREAS, the return of American prisoners of war has been a high priority consideration of the Paris peace talks; and
WHEREAS, the United State Military Command in Saigon has assured the President that repatriation will not end until every prisoner of war and those missing in action have been accounted for; and
WHEREAS the government of South Vietnam has agreed in full with the settlement negotiated between the United States by special assistant Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and for the Government of North Vietnam by Politburo Le Duc Tho; and
WHEREAS, this peace settlement represents the ending of the longest war in United States history; and
WHEREAS, the continuation of this conflict has bitterly divided our great nation into factions; and
WHEREAS the settlement of an honorable peace has insured that the 45,000 Americans who lost their lives in the hostilities in Southeast Asia have not died in vain; and
WHEREAS, the cease-fire agreement is a positive step towards the goal of ending man's inhumanity to man in Vietnam; and
WHEREAS, the diligent efforts of President Nixon in obtaining this peace in the face of criticism have been tireless; and
WHEREAS, all Americans can now be grateful and give thanks that the long and arduous Vietnam conflict is at an end; and
WHEREAS, it is the hope of the President that the termination of the Vietnam war will insure a lasting peace in that country, providing a generation of peace not only in Vietnam, but in all corners of the world; and
WHEREAS, it is also the wish of the President that the American people never again will have to endure the hardships, heartaches and tragedy that the brave mothers, fathers, wives, sons and daughters of those who fought, those who died and those who were prisoners of war in Vietnam have had to suffer; and
WHEREAS, a generation of peace is now truly at hand.
BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 127th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House concurring therein, that President Nixon is to be commended for this steadfastness in procuring an honorable peace with honor in Vietnam.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be entered into the House and Senate Journals and that a copy be forwarded to President Nixon in Washington, D.C.
Approved March 16, 1973.