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NO. R-308. JOINT RESOLUTION URGING THE ANNUAL RINGING OF BELLS ON JULY 4.

(J.R.H. 246)

Offered by: Representative Levin of Hartland.

Whereas, on July 4, America’s Independence Day, we celebrate the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, the birth of our nation, and the liberties that we so dearly cherish, and

Whereas, the ringing of bells to commemorate Independence Day metaphorically and triumphantly symbolizes pride in our democracy, and

Whereas, the simultaneous ringing of bells in places of worship, public buildings and other locations provides a resounding chorus to praise the United States on her very special birthday, and

Whereas, upon hearing these glorious chimes, Vermonters will pause, not only to celebrate our freedoms, but to remember the thousands of Americans who have paid the ultimate price, their very lives, to assure the preservation of our freedoms, and

Whereas, in an effort to encourage this symphonic ode to liberty, the United States Congress, at the urging of members of the Girl Scouts of America, has adopted a resolution promoting this most appropriate 4th of July event, and

Whereas, recognizing that the broadest possible participation of Vermont’s bell ringers, in this Independence Day musical moment, will provide a most moving experience for the residents of our state, Junior Girl Scout Troop 161 of Hartland has sung its praises on behalf of this noble endeavor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the bell ringers of Vermont to enthusiastically and patriotically sound their chimes precisely at 2:00 p.m. on each July 4 in celebration of American Independence and our cherished land of liberty, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Deborah Christie-Maples in Windsor and Susan Murphy in Hartland.