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19. Lithuanian Independence Day

Public Law 101-247 (H.J. Res. 149), 104 Stat. 92, approved February 16, 1990 JOINT RESOLUTION Designating February 16, 1990, as “Lithuanian Independence

Day”. Whereas February 16, 1990 is the 72nd anniversary of the declara

tion of independence of Lithuania; Whereas on February 16, 1918, the Council of Lithuania, the sole

representative of the Lithuanian people, in conformity with the recognized right to national self determination, proclaimed the restoration of an independent and democratic Lithuania and ended all ties that formally subordinated Lithuania to other na

tions; Whereas Lithuania was independent until 1940 when the Soviet

Union took over the country; Whereas the United States opposes tyranny and injustice in all

forms and supports the cause of Lithuanian independence; and Whereas the oppressed people currently living in Lithuania keep

the flame of freedom forever burning in their hearts: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That February 16, 1990, is designated as “Lithuanian Independence Day”, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to celebrate such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

20. Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of

Greek and American Democracy

Public Law 101-256 (S.J. Res. 243), 104 Stat. 116, approved March 20, 1990 JOINT RESOLUTION To designate March 25, 1990, as "Greek Independence Day: A

National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy”. Whereas the ancient Greeks developed the concept of democracy in

which the supreme power to govern was vested in the people; Whereas 1990 marks the 2,500th anniversary of the birth of democ

racy; Whereas the Founding Fathers of the United States drew heavily

upon the political and philosophical experience of ancient Greece

in forming our representative democracy; Whereas March 25, 1990, marks the 169th anniversary of the be

ginning of the revolution that freed the Greek people from the

Ottoman Empire; Whereas democratic ideals have forged a close bond between our

two nations and their peoples; and Whereas it is proper and desirable to celebrate our ideals with the

Greek people, and to reaffirm the democratic principles from which our two great nations sprang: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That March 25, 1990, is designated as “Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy”, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to celebrate such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

21. National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day

Public Law 101-266 (S.J. Res. 190), 104 Stat. 129, approved April 5, 1990 JOINT RESOLUTION Designating April 9, 1990, as “National Former Prisoners of

War Recognition Day". Whereas the United States has fought in many armed conflicts; Whereas thousands of members of the Armed Forces of the United

States who served in such wars were captured by the enemy and

held as prisoners of war; Whereas many such prisoners of war were subjected to brutal and

inhumane treatment by their captors in violation of international codes and customs for the treatment of prisoners of war and

died, or were disabled, as a result of such treatment; Whereas in 1985, the United States Congress (in Public Law 95

145) directed the Department of Defense to issue a medal to former prisoners of war in recognition and commemoration of

their great sacrifices in service to our Nations; and Whereas these great sacrifices of former prisoners of war and their

families deserve national recognition: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That April 9, 1990, is designated as "National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day”, in honor of the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been held as prisoners of war, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to commemorate such day with appro priate ceremonies and activities.

22. Jewish Heritage Week

Public Law 101-290 (S.J. Res. 241), 104 Stat. 183, approved May 10, 1990 JOINT RESOLUTION To designate the week of May 6, 1990 through May 13, 1990,

as “Jewish Heritage Week". Whereas May 10, 1990, marks the forty-second anniversary of the

founding of the State of Israel; Whereas the months of April, May, and June contain events of

major significance in the Jewish calendar, including Passover, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Holocaust Me

morial Day, and Jerusalem Day; Whereas the Congress recognizes that an understanding of the her

itage of all ethnic groups in this Nation contributes to the unity

of this Nation; and Whereas understanding among ethnic groups in this Nation may

be fostered further through an appreciation of the culture, history, and traditions of the Jewish community and contributions of Jewish people to this Nation, therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the week of May 6, 1990 through May 13, 1990, is designated as "Jewish Heritage Week”, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States, departments and agencies of State and local government, and interested organizations to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

23. National Day in Support of Freedom and Human Rights in

China and Tibet

Public Law 101-299 (S.J. Res. 275), 104 Stat. 204, approved May 23, 1990 JOINT RESOLUTION Designating May 13, 1990, as the “National Day in Support

of Freedom and Human Rights in China and Tibet”. Whereas the United States supports the legitimate and democratic

aspirations for freedom of peoples throughout the world; Whereas student and citizen groups throughout the world have

taken great risks in pursuit of reform; Whereas on May 13, 1989, Chinese students began a hunger strike

in Tiananmen Square seeking nonviolent dialogue with the Chi

nese Government; Whereas The Chinese Government responded to the Chinese stu

dents with violence, killing many; Whereas the non-violent resistance of the people of Tibet to the

Chinese Government has also been met with violence; Whereas the Chinese students and the Tibetan people follow the

tradition of the Dalai Lama's and Mahatma Gandhi's doctrine of

non-violence, and have inspired the world; Whereas student organizations throughout the United States and

around the world have declared May 13, 1990, as an international day of fasting in support of democratic reforms in China and

Tibet; and Whereas this effort is being undertaken in the hope of bringing the

current tragedies in China and Tibet to a peaceful end, and in the hope that productive dialogue will replace an atmosphere of suspicion and reprisal: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation designating May 13, 1990, as the “National Day in Support of Freedom and Human Rights in China and Tibet", and calling upon the people of the United States to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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