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NO. R-152. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE LONDONDERRY FOURTH OF JULY PARADE ON ITS SILVER ANNIVERSARY.

(J.R.H. 126)

Offered by: Representative Hube of Londonderry.

Whereas, the residents of Londonderry had long enjoyed a fun-filled carnival each summer during the week of the Fourth of July, and

Whereas, a disastrous flood on June 30, 1973, just days before the carnival's scheduled opening, permanently ended this event, and

Whereas, the citizens of Londonderry still desired to hold an annual Fourth of July celebration honoring the glorious day that the Continental Congress declared the United States an independent nation, and

Whereas, in 1974, as a continuation of Londonderry's tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July as a festive occasion, several of the town's leading citizens, including William Austin, parade chairman, organized a new Fourth of July parade and street fair, and

Whereas, the parade has proven a very popular attraction that now features nearly 1,000 participants and usually three marching bands in a little town of approximately 1,000 voters, and

Whereas, despite the difficulty of logistically and financially supporting this large a parade in such a small town, each year, the event has been a rousing success, and

Whereas, on Saturday, July 3, the silver anniversary edition of the Londonderry Parade will start at 12 noon as thousands of delighted spectators cheer in appreciation, and

Whereas, among the special events planned for this year's celebration is a concert by Vermont's own 40th Army Band, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Londonderry Fourth of July parade on the occasion of its silver anniversary celebration, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to William Austin, parade chairman, in Londonderry.