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(2) calls upon the people of the United States

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to commemorate September 2, 2005, the 60th anni

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versary of the final surrender of the Second World

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War aboard the USS Missouri, as a day of remem

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brance and appreciation for the members of the

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greatest generation who, through their sacrifices

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both in the Armed Forces and on the homefront,

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preserved liberty for future generations and rescued

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the world from the scourge of fascist militarism;

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(3) reaffirms the judgment in Tokyo rendered by the International Military Tribunal for the Far

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(4) recognizes that the alliances formed in the

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Asia-Pacific region following the Second World War, including those with Australia, Japan, the Phil

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ippines, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand, have

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contributed immeasurably to the continued peace

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and prosperity enjoyed throughout the region.

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[COMMITTEE PRINT]

JUNE 21, 2005

[Showing the Amendment Adopted by the Subcommittee on

Europe and Emerging Threats)

109TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. RES. 328

Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the workers' strikes in Poland in 1980

that led to the establishment of the Solidarity Trade Union.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JUNE 17, 2005 Mr. GALLEGLY (for himself, Mr. DINGELL, Mr. WEXLER, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr.

KANJORSKI, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. ENGEL, and Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

RESOLUTION

Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the workers' strikes

in Poland in 1980 that led to the establishment of the Solidarity Trade Union.

Whereas, although Victory in Europe on May 8, 1945, re

sulted in liberty and democracy in many nations, Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe fell behind the repressive Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union;

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Whereas for more than four decades Poland and the nations

of the Soviet Bloc struggled under authoritarian rule;

Whereas in June 1979, Pope John Paul II, the former Car

dinal Karol Wojtyla, returned to his homeland for the first time and exhorted his countrymen to “be not afraid” of the Communist regime;

Whereas in July and August of 1980, Polish workers in the

shipyards of Gdansk and Szczecin went on strike to demand greater political freedom;

Whereas workers' committees, led by electrician Lech Walesa,

coordinated these strikes and ensured that the strikes were peaceful and orderly;

Whereas in August 1980, the Communist government of Po

land yielded to the 21 demands of the striking workers, including the release of all political prisoners, the broadcasting of religious services on television and radio, and the right to establish independent trade unions;

Whereas the Communist government of Poland introduced

martial law in December 1981 in an attempt to block the growing influence of the Solidarity movement;

Whereas the Solidarity Trade Union and its 10,000,000

members became a great social movement committed to promoting fundamental human rights, democracy, and Polish independence from the Soviet Union;

Whereas in February 1989, the Communist government of

Poland agreed to conduct talks with the Solidarity Trade
Union that led to elections to the National Assembly in
June of that year, in which nearly all open seats were
won by candidates supported by the Solidarity Trade
Union, and led soon after to the election of Poland's first

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non-Communist Prime Minister in the post-war era, Mr.

Tadeusz Mazowiecki; Whereas the Solidarity movement ended communism in Po

land without bloodshed, inspiring other nations under Soviet control to do the same and playing an important role in the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe;

Whereas on November 15, 1989, Lech Walesa gave an his

toric speech before a joint meeting of the United States Congress with the opening remarks "We the People. . .”, which stirred a standing ovation from the Members of Congress;

Whereas on December 9, 1990, Lech Walesa was elected

President of Poland;

Whereas the support of the United States and the Polish

American community was essential to the survival and success of the Solidarity movement; and

Whereas a bond of friendship exists between the United

States and Poland, which is among the strongest allies of the United States, a contributing partner in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a reliable partner in the Global War on Terrorism, and a key contributor in Iraq and Afghanistan: Now, therefore, be it

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of the Solidarity Trade Union;

(2) honors the struggle and sacrifice of the citi

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zens of Poland who risked their lives to restore de

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(3) offers Poland as a model for other nations

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struggling to emerge from authoritarian rule and es

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tablish a flourishing representative government.

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