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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today introduced a resolution honoring Kansas on the sesquicentennial of its statehood. On January 29, 2011, Kansas will celebrate 150 years since it was admitted to the United States as the 34th state.

“The pioneering spirit of those Kansans years ago who settled our state and tamed the West lives on in us today,” Sen. Moran said. “Kansas has raised national leaders in many fields, but the real story of the past 150 years is about the soldiers, farmers, factory workers, teachers, parents and all the unsung heroes whose hard work made our state a special place. This anniversary serves as a fitting challenge to all Kansans to continue the enduring legacy of our founders and preserve the Kansas way of life for our children and grandchildren.”

“Our state’s motto, ‘To the Stars through difficulty,’ remains true to Kansas 150 years since its founding,” Sen. Roberts said. “We fought wars, settled the unyielding prairie, prospered in aviation and agriculture and raised heroes that went on to lead our nation. The next 150 years hold even greater promise than that fateful day in January in 1861 when Kansas was founded based on the ideals of personal freedom and individual liberty.”

“It is part of our culture to recognize milestone anniversaries,” said Mary Madden, Kansas 150 state coordinator. “A major state anniversary is a time to reflect on where we have been and what we have accomplished; a time to examine where we are today and set goals for the future. The state is embracing its past, present and future throughout 2011 with the sesquicentennial celebration of Kansas statehood.”

The resolution expresses the Senate’s honor for Kansans’ pioneering spirit and innovations. It also encourages Kansans to reflect on the distinguished past of the state and look forward to a promising future. Please find the full text of the resolution attached.

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