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(J.R.S. 63)

Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, Admiral George W. Dewey was a native of Montpelier whose triumphant naval leadership in the Battle of Manila during the Spanish American War immediately made him an American hero, and

Whereas, in honor of Admiral Dewey and his gallant victory, on

October 12, 1899, the city of Montpelier hosted a gigantic "Dewey Day" celebration that attracted 40,000 persons to the capital city, and

Whereas, in observance of the Dewey Day's centennial, and the beginning of the 21st century, the Montpelier Celebration Weekend on the 100th Anniversary of Dewey Day, a truly millennial event, will occur from October 8 through 12, and

Whereas, this four-day extravaganza is scheduled to include a spectacular parade with bands, floats and hundreds of marchers representing veterans and patriotic organizations, and

Whereas, a gala ball, concerts, a bonfire, walking tours of both the city and State House and the dedication of a new Civil War memorial at Green Mount Cemetery will be on the celebration's agenda, and

Whereas, modes of transportation from antique cars and locomotives to the new Amtrak Genesis train will align Stonecutter's Way in a Static Display, and

Whereas, the Vermont Historical Society will convene its annual meeting on October 10 and include a scholarly presentation on Imperialism, and

Whereas, buildings will be decorated to reflect the city's appearance at Dewey Day, and

Whereas, the celebration will be among the most memorable in the city's history, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the capital city for staging this very special Celebration Weekend on the 100th Anniversary of Admiral Dewey's victory that will attract many visitors to Montpelier and the State House, and be it further

Resolved: That the city of Montpelier is authorized to use the State House lawn and legislative halls for the celebration's activities and be it further

Resolved: That the Sergeant at Arms and the Commissioner of Buildings and General Services are directed to work with the city of Montpelier in coordinating the celebration's use of state facilities.