WHEREAS, the Cold War (September 2, 1945 – December 26, 1991) was a long and costly struggle for freedom between the forces of democratic nations, led by the United States, against the tyranny and brutality of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; and
WHEREAS, the Cold War began after World War II with the threat of world domination in Europe and Asia by the Communist ideology and military action and that this unique war was marked by periodic confrontations between the West and East including international crises such as the Berlin Airlift in 1948, the Korean War, 1950 – 1953, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, and the Vietnam War, 1960 – 1975; and
WHEREAS, the end of the longest undeclared war in United States history began with the fall of the Berlin Wall, November 1989, and culminated with the collapse of the Soviet Union’s Communist government in December of 1991; and
WHEREAS, tens of thousands of New York State Veterans valiantly served in our nation’s armed forces during this long conflict with many sacrificing their lives; and
WHEREAS, the Cold War Veterans Association (CWVA) – a federally recognized Veteran’s Service Organization with numerous members in New York State has identified May 1st as the day to commemorate our Victory in the Cold War:
NOW, THEREFORE, I Eliot Spitzer, Governor of the Great State of New York, do hereby proclaim, May 1, 2007 as
Cold War Victory Day
in the State of _New York__ in honor of the brave men and women of __New York__ who helped our victory possible.
Sean P. Eagan Director, New York State
14 Valley Street, Jamestown, New York 14701
Phone: 716-708-6416 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 27th, 2007
Dear Governor Spitzer,
As New York State Director of the Cold War Veterans Association, I urge you to please give a strong show of support for all Cold War Veterans by declaring May 1st, 2007 as Cold War Victory Day.
Our nation remains strong and free because of the sacrifices that I made along with my fellow servicemen and women during the Cold War. Our president declared that we won the Cold War. Yet there has been very little and in some cases no effort to recognize the dedication and sacrifice that we Cold War Veterans made.
Please help us in receiving official appreciation for 2007. Your proclamation of May 1st as Cold War Victory day would send a strong message to the Cold War Veterans of our state that you appreciate and support the sacrifices that they made.
Thank you for taking the time with my request. The men and women who served in the Cold War who are your constituents here is this great state also thank you for supporting us in this important proclamation.
Sean P. Eagan
New York State, Director
Cold War Veterans Association
CWVA NY 716-708-6416
The Cold War Veterans Association is a tax-exempt 501(c)(19) Veterans Service Organization open to honorably discharged veterans who served during the Cold War period – September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991