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NO. R-91. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring James LaMonda for his volunteer assistance in the restoration of Vermontís Civil War-era military service records.

(J.R.H. 62)

Offered by: Representatives Sweetser of Essex and Anderson of Woodstock.

Whereas, Vermonters have a long and distinguished history of service in our nationís defense, often making contributions disproportionate to the stateís population and resources, and

Whereas, Vermonters have repeatedly helped turn the tide of war, from their defeat of General Burgoyne at the Battle of Bennington to their pivotal roll in stopping the Confederate attack at Gettysburg, and

Whereas, records of that service from the American Revolution to the eve of World War II were significantly damaged in the Montpelier Arsenal fire of 1945, leaving those records inaccessible to all those interested in Vermontís military service, and

Whereas, the Public Records Division has hired Kelly Nolin to arrange and microfilm these records, many of which are badly burned and damaged, in order to make them available for research, and

Whereas, Kelly Nolin has done outstanding work, bringing order and stability to these records, and

Whereas, this is a major and painstaking undertaking, involving hundreds of thousands of fragile documents, and is a task beyond the resources of a single individual to complete, and

Whereas, James LaMonda of Norwich University, in an outstanding demonstration of volunteerism and his appreciation of Vermontís military contributions, has donated hundreds of hours to assist in the arrangement, description, and preservation of these military records, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor James LaMonda for his dedication, commitment and unselfish service in making Vermontís military heritage accessible for this and future generations, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to James LaMonda of Norwich University.