State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2013  

624U0835   HOUSE COMMEMORATION   NO.  1045  

Introduced by:    Representative Nelson and Senator Van Gerpen
 

        A LEGISLATIVE COMMEMORATION, Posthumously honoring First Lieutenant Thomas Martin.

    WHEREAS, Thomas Martin volunteered to serve in the United States Army, was a member of the Huron community, and selflessly paid the terrible costs for our freedoms while serving in Iraq on October 14, 2007; and

    WHEREAS, First Lieutenant Thomas Martin's service and ultimate sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of South Dakota's veterans and the United States Armed Forces; and

    WHEREAS, we feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of ours which shall attempt to beguile the family and friends from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But we cannot refrain from even now tendering the consolation that may be found in this heartfelt appreciation and respect of the people of South Dakota that Thomas died protecting; and

    WHEREAS, we pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of his family's and friends' bereavement, and leave them only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that is theirs to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom:

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT COMMEMORATED, by the Eighty-Eighth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, that First Lieutenant Thomas Martin is posthumously honored, commended, and remembered for his service and noble sacrifices for the people of South Dakota. In token of South Dakota's common perpetual grief at his loss, this commemoration is enrolled and appropriately immortalized for posterity. Requiescat in pace.