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(Extensions of Remarks - April 07, 2005)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E567]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




                        IN HONOR OF SIBLINGS DAY

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                        HON. CAROLYN B. MALONEY

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, April 6, 2005

  Mrs. MALONEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to salute Siblings Day, a day 
to honor our brothers and sisters for the many ways in which they 
enhance our lives. This celebration gives us the opportunity to show 
our appreciation for our siblings, much like Mother's Day and Father's 
Day are celebrated. Siblings Day was founded by my constituent, Claudia 
Evart. Ms. Evart has worked tirelessly to promote the observance of 
Sibling's Day on April 10th.
  Siblings make important contributions to our lives, and often, when 
our parents have passed away, siblings are our only remaining family. 
Siblings Day helps us remember the integral role brothers and sisters 
play in our lives, and it also provides an opportunity to remember 
siblings who we have lost at an early age.
  April 10th marks the birthday of Claudia's sister, Lisette, who died 
tragically in 1972 at age 19 in a car accident that also killed their 
father. An additional tragedy struck in 1987, when Ms. Evart's older 
brother, Alan, died in an accident at his home. He was 36 years old.
  According to the Siblings Day Foundation, Siblings Day was recently 
marked in 22 states (Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, 
Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, 
Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, 
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, 
and Wisconsin); the governor of each of these states proclaimed the 
10th of April to be Siblings Day.
  I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the importance of 
family by saluting the contributions of siblings. I applaud the work of 
Claudia Evart, who has created a loving tribute to her deceased 
siblings through her work to establish Siblings Day. Her dedication 
should serve as an inspiration to us all.

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