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South Dakota Proposes Working Holiday Honoring General Joe Foss

Monday, March 29, 2004

The South Dakota Legislature recently approved a bill designating April 17 as a working holiday, in honor of former NRA President Joe Foss.

Joe Foss grew up near Sioux Falls, S.D. As an ace Marine fighter pilot in World War II, General Foss was credited with shooting down 26 enemy planes, and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Medal of Honor. Among his many extraordinary achievements, Foss was a founder of the South Dakota Air National Guard, a Representative in the South Dakota Legislature, the first Commissioner of the American Football League, and Governor of South Dakota.

As NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, "He was an ace fighter pilot, a state governor, a war hero, a TV star, a sports commissioner, a Christian leader, and a man beloved by all. And he was our president. General Foss defined heroism for servicemen since World War II. And for generations, he made American patriotism something to be proud of. He fought for what he believed in, and those causes are better for it."

We congratulate the Foss family on this much deserved honor.

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