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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 19

Meeting Date: June 28, 2005

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution approving a program honoring military men and women in the City of Brentwood.

Prepared by: Cynthia Garcia, Interim City Clerk

Submitted by: Karen Chew, Assistant City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution approving a program honoring military men and women in the City of Brentwood who had served overseas, been wounded in combat and completed enlistment and been honorably discharged.

PREVIOUS ACTION
No previous action.

BACKGROUND
At the City Council meeting of April 26, 2005, Council Member Taylor announced that the Town of Danville had implemented a program honoring military men and women and he asked that a similar program be created for Brentwood residents.

Last year, the Town of Danville had expressed support for an ongoing program, whereby each individual is presented with a proclamation in appreciation for their commitment in their service to our country honoring every member of the military in their town who had served overseas, been wounded in combat and completed enlistment and been honorably discharged. The Town of Danville’s program was created by their Resolution No. 18-2004 adopted by the Danville Town Council at their regular meeting on March 3, 2004 and is entitled “Sentinels of Freedom Program - Operation Welcome Home”. Other cities have honored and supported military men and women in the following various ways: the City of Cupertino presents proclamations for those who have served; City of Woodland prepares certificates of appreciation; the Town of Los Gatos presents commendations of appreciation; the City of Salinas sends out correspondence wishing the recipient a happy home-coming and the City of Lafayette offers resolutions to their citizens.

If the Council wishes to offer a program to city residents, the Brentwood American Legion Post 202 has been contacted and would be willing to inform their attendees at monthly meetings and ask citizens to come forward in an effort to get the word out. An advertisement regarding an ongoing program could be placed in the local newspaper to inform the community if Council so desired. The standard name for the program used in other cities is Sentinels of Freedom – Operation Welcome Home.

FISCAL IMPACT
Should the Council choose to run an advertisement in the local newspaper, the fiscal impact would be the cost of the advertisement

Attachment:
Resolution

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING A PROGRAM HONORING MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN IN THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood recognizes the valuable service military men and women have historically provided maintaining our freedom and safeguarding our country; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood wishes to honor members of the military from our City who has served overseas, been wounded in combat and completed enlistment and been honorably discharged; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood wishes to implement an ongoing program to formally recognize their efforts.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood formally adopts a program whereby returning military men and women are honored by the City of Brentwood with a proclamation of appreciation for their commitment in their service to our nation and our people; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby implements an ongoing program to formally recognize military men and women and encourages community groups, service organizations, employers and its citizens to join in helping to welcome back our service men and women, thank them for their service and reintroduce them back to our community.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 28th day of June 2005 by the following vote:

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