36 U.S. Code § 151302 - Purposes
Section 5201(b) of former Title 36, from which this section was derived, was amended after the Aug. 15, 1997, cutoff date by Pub. L. 105–276, title IV, § 427(a), Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2510, see section 5(a) of Pub. L. 105–225, set out as a Legislative Purpose and Construction note preceding section 101 of this title. The subsequent amendment made directly to this section by Pub. L. 106–503 replicated the prior amendment made by Pub. L. 105–276, with the exception that in par. (1)(B), the words “plan, direct, and manage the memorial service referred to in subparagraph (A)” were used instead of “plan, direct, and manage the memorial service referred to in subparagraph (A) and related activities”.
2000—Par. (1). Pub. L. 106–503, § 113(a)(1) added par. (1) and struck out former par. (1) which read as follows: “primarily to encourage, accept, and administer private gifts of property for the benefit of the National Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial and the annual memorial service associated with it;”.
Par. (2). Pub. L. 106–503, § 113(a)(2), inserted “and Federal” after “non-Federal”.
Par. (3). Pub. L. 106–503, § 113(a)(3), substituted “Federal, State, and local” for “State and local” and struck out “and” after semicolon.
Par. (4). Pub. L. 106–503, § 113(a)(4), substituted semicolon for period at end.
Pars. (5), (6). Pub. L. 106–503, § 113(a)(5), added pars. (5) and (6).
“Whereas 1,200,000 men and women comprise the American fire and emergency services;
“Whereas the fire and emergency services is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States;
“Whereas fire and emergency services personnel respond to over 16 million emergency calls annually, without reservation and with little regard for their personal safety;
“Whereas fire and emergency services personnel are the first to respond to an emergency, whether it involves a fire, medical emergency, spill of hazardous materials, natural disaster, act of terrorism, or transportation accident;
“Whereas approximately one-third of all active fire and emergency personnel suffer debilitating injuries annually; and
“Whereas approximately 100 fire and emergency services personnel die annually in the line of duty: Now, therefore, be it
“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That each year, the American flags on all Federal office buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.”
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