NO. R-104.  Joint resolution designating December 15 of each year as Bill of Rights Day.


Offered by:  Committee on Government Operations.

Whereas, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, were ratified on December 15, 1791, and

Whereas, the Bill of Rights recognizes, affirms, and protects fundamental human and civil rights for which persons of all races have struggled for thousands of years, and

Whereas, to preserve the rights and freedoms secured by the Bill of Rights, our forefathers and hundreds of thousands of men and women serving on the police agencies and armed forces of the United States have sacrificed, suffered, and died, and

Whereas, the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights deserve perennial celebrations, and the sacrifices made to protect the Bill of Rights deserve eternal remembrance, and

Whereas, in the state of Vermont, there has been no formal observance of a special day commemorating the ratification of the Bill of Rights, and

Whereas, several of the 13 original states refused to ratify the Constitution without an express Bill of Rights, and

Whereas, to commemorate the Bill of Rights with a special day would honor the fundamental rights it enshrines and the sacrifices made to create and preserve these rights, and it would proclaim these rights to the citizens of Vermont and the United States, and to the world, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That December 15th of each year be designated Bill of Rights Day, and be it further

Resolved:  That agencies and departments of Vermont state government be encouraged to commemorate Bill of Rights Day with appropriate observances, and be it further

Resolved:  That a copy of the Bill of Rights be prominently displayed in the State House.