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NO. R-156. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE ORA E. PAUL POST NO. 24 OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 80TH ANNIVERSARY.

(J.R.H. 118)

Offered by: Representative Anderson of Woodstock.

Whereas, in the aftermath of World War I, the members of the American Expeditionary Forces that remained in France were all invited, from the lowliest doughboy to the most senior General, to join the Paris Caucus that first met on March 15, 1919, and

Whereas, at a subsequent meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on May 9, 1919, the caucus adopted the name "American Legion" and approved a preamble that declared the purpose of this newly formed organization of American veterans was "to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy," and

Whereas, in May 1919, the national organization issued a charter to a group of World War I veterans from the Woodstock, Vermont area that authorized the establishment of Ora E. Paul American Legion Post No. 24, and

Whereas, in 1923, the post purchased the Hayden Homestead at Central and High Streets as its headquarters, and

Whereas, the name of the Woodstock post was selected to honor Sgt. Ora E. Paul who was killed in the Battle of the Argonne on September 30, 1919, less than two months before the Armistice was signed, and

Whereas, today, the American Legion represents the interests and concerns of veterans who fought for our nation in all military conflicts involving American forces, and

Whereas, in celebration of the Ora E. Paul American Legion Post 's 80th anniversary, a very special commemorative observance will be held in Woodstock on Saturday, May 29, 1999, including a parade and a concert performed by the 40th Army Band, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Ora E. Paul Post No. 24 of the American Legion as it proudly commemorates the 80th anniversary of its establishment, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Ora E. Paul Post No. 24 of the American Legion in Woodstock.