Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 100381
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File Number: 100381 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-387-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ASSEMBLE AN HONOR GUARD FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL Introduced: 2/16/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/6/2010
Agenda Date: 4/6/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A9
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO ASSEMBLE AN HONOR GUARD FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL OR INTERNATIONAL PEACE KEEPING FORCES WHO HAVE DIED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTY
Indexes: MILITARY
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/6/2010 11A9 Adopted P
REPORT: Chairman Moss asked staff to assemble and Honor Guard for active duty military personnel or international peace keeping forces who died during performance of their duty.

Government Operations Committee 3/9/2010 2H Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Daniel Frastai read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Sosa commended Commissioner Jordan, sponsor, on this proposal. She asked that the financial impact be provided when this item was presented to the County Commission. Commissioner Jordan noted this was a voluntary item with no financial impact. Commissioner Sosa asked to be listed as a co-sponsor.

County Attorney 2/16/2010 Referred Government Operations Committee 3/9/2010

County Attorney 2/16/2010 Assigned Andrew Boese 3/1/2010

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO ASSEMBLE AN HONOR GUARD FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL OR INTERNATIONAL PEACE KEEPING FORCES WHO HAVE DIED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTY

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WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, the rendering of Military Funeral Honors is a way to show the Nationís deep gratitude to those who have faithfully defended our county; and
WHEREAS, this ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to the veteranís families; and
WHEREAS, Congress has directed the Secretary of Defense to ensure that, upon request, any eligible veteran is provided a funeral honor guard detail; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Defense provides to eligible veterans a funeral honor guard consisting of members of the Armed Services, a flag folding and flag presentation to the veteranís family, the playing of taps, and, if available, a firing party, pall bearers, and a color guard; and
WHEREAS, every president since John F. Kennedy has made available to the family of a deceased veteran a Presidential Memorial Certificate bearing the signature of the President with an inscription expressing the nation's grateful recognition of an honorably discharged, deceased veteran's service in the Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, the County desires also to pay a final tribute to eligible County residents who were killed while serving on active duty in the military or as an international peace keeping officer, and the presence of a County honor guard will contribute to the existing military funeral honors or supplant military funeral honors in a way that reflects the high regard and respect properly accorded to the residentís sacrifice and service,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board directs the Mayor or Designee to establish a program whereby a County honor guard will be made available, at the request of a surviving family member, to attend the funeral of any active duty service member or international peace keeping officer who, in the performance of his or her duties after January 1, 2010, died:
(1) In any action against an enemy of the United States;
(2) In any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged;
(3) While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party;
(4) As a result of an act of any such enemy of opposing armed forces;
(5) As the result of an act of any hostile foreign force;
(6) As a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States or a foreign nation friendly to the United States, recognized as such an attack by the Secretary of the department concerned, or jointly by the Secretaries of the departments concerned if persons from more than one department are wounded in the attack;
(7) As a result of military operations, while serving outside the territory of the United States as part of a peacekeeping force;
(8) By weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict regardless of the fire causing death; or
(9) While held as a prisoner of war or while being taken captive.
Section 2. The honor guard shall be made available, contingent upon operational commitments, for service members or international peace keeping officers from Miami-Dade County whose funerals and services are taking place within Miami-Dade County.
Section 3. The honor guard shall be made up of officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department, and the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Preference shall be given to those officers who volunteer for the duty.
Section 4. The honor guard shall be posted and shall, at a minimum, display the County flag, and if requested by the family, shall be pallbearers.
Section 5. The Mayor or Designee is directed to transmit certified copies of this Resolution to all licensed funeral homes in Miami-Dade County, and to include a phone number to be used by funeral home directors to contact the designated County representative for the purpose of requesting and making arrangements for the honor guard.



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