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NO. R-79. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the contributions of Welsh-Americans to the State of Vermont.

(J.R.H. 57)

Offered by: Representative Cleland of Northfield.

Whereas, citizens of Welsh descent are an important part of our nationís diverse ethnic tradition, including, for example, our third President, Thomas Jefferson, and

Whereas, citizens of Welsh descent are also an important part of Vermontís diverse ethnic tradition, including our thirtieth President, Calvin Coolidge, and

Whereas, it is fitting that we join with all Welsh-Americans to celebrate St. Davidís Day in tribute to the patron saint of Wales and in recognition of the important cultural heritage of this proud Celtic people, and

Whereas, Welsh-Americans have worked faithfully to preserve and promote the traditions of their heritage which is reflected throughout Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly proclaims March 1, 2001 as St. Davidís Day in Vermont and urges all Vermonters to join in paying tribute to the patron saint of Wales and to the accomplishments of Welsh-Americans, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Ms. Janice Bruso Edwards, Membership Secretary of the Poultney Area St. Davidís Society.