2007 - 2008 LEGISLATURE
February 12, 2008 - Introduced by Senators Plale, S. Fitzgerald, Hansen,
Lehman, Darling, Vinehout
and Sullivan, cosponsored by Representatives J.
Fitzgerald, Sheridan, Musser, Turner, Owens, Townsend, Molepske, Bies,
Hahn, Kestell
and Zepnick. Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR89,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming March of every year as Irish-American Heritage Month.
SJR89,1,52 Whereas, America has been shaped by the principles of liberty and freedom,
3guided by the pursuit of justice, and enriched by the diversity of its people, and Irish
4Americans have been an essential part of this development, greatly contributing to
5our nation's and state's progress and prosperity; and
SJR89,1,86 Whereas, since the founding of our nation, millions of Irish have emigrated to
7this country, and to Wisconsin, to embrace the vibrant promise of new opportunity
8that America offers; and
SJR89,1,129 Whereas, some came seeking the freedom to worship as they pleased, while
10others came in the wake of the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845-1849, which
11caused 1 million deaths in Ireland and led to the emigration of nearly 1.5 million
12Irish; and
SJR89,1,1513 Whereas, this convergence of cultures contributed to the rich fabric of our great
14state and nation, uniquely threading together many divergent ideas, tastes, and
15traditions; and
1Whereas, the many successes of the Irish immigrants in America proved to be
2a continuing draw to their friends and family who remained in Ireland; and
SJR89,2,43 Whereas, the Irish brought with them a spirit of life and a work ethic that
4helped to enliven our culture and enabled them to prosper in their new land; and
SJR89,2,95 Whereas, Irish Americans helped settle the American frontier, build our cities,
6and defend our homeland; and, through their service in government and the military,
7they helped to uphold our democracy and advance liberty and peace around the
8world; and, through their dedication to faith and family, they have strengthened our
9communities and enriched our state and nation's character; and
SJR89,2,1210 Whereas, many Irish Americans have made Wisconsin and America better and
11stronger, and, throughout our history, America has been greatly blessed by the
12innumerable contributions of Irish Americans; and
SJR89,2,1413 Whereas, in March, we shall celebrate these great people and the heritage of
14their beautiful ancestral homeland, Ireland; now, therefore, be it
SJR89,2,17 15Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the members of the
16Wisconsin legislature do hereby proclaim March of every year as Irish-American
17Heritage Month.
SJR89,2,1818 (End)