HARRISBURG – What started as a conversation and concept with his state lawmakers more than three years ago, an initiative championed by Spring Grove, York County resident and retired U.S. Army Sgt. Harold Redding was signed into law by the governor. The measure, sponsored by York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill and Rep. Seth Grove, will designate March 6 as Persian Gulf War Veterans Day and Oct. 7 as Global War on Terrorism Veterans Day in PA. the new law also requires the governor to issue a proclamation every year encouraging all public schools and educational institutions to observe these special days by conducting exercises recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by these veterans. The exercises will not be mandated for public schools. The amended legislation also dedicates Sept. 27 of each year as First Responders Day in PA to honor and remember the men and women who protect, heal, and shelter our loved ones and neighbors in emergencies.

HAROLD REDDING