NO. R-37. Senate concurrent resolution honoring former Holland town clerk Evelyn (Smith) Page of Holland.
Offered by: Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District.
Whereas, Holland, Vermont native Evelyn Page has been a public servant who maintains an abiding love for her country, and
Whereas, this native of a small Vermont border town far from the ocean’s shores had the privilege of serving in World War II as a pioneer in the United States Coast Guard’s original women’s unit known as “SPARS” (Semper Paratus - Always Ready), and
Whereas, Evelyn Page’s path to this historic role occurred after she sat successfully for the United States civil service examination and accepted civilian employment with the Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., and
Whereas, shortly thereafter, in 1942, women were offered the chance to enlist in the newly formed SPARS unit, and
Whereas, following tours of duty in recruiting and booking positions, and participating in the ceremonial parade in Washington, D.C. that honored former President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the time of his death in 1945, Evelyn Page returned to Orleans County, accepting a position as a telephone operator at the Newport Telephone Company, and
Whereas, a chance conversation with a caller and former high school acquaintance, Reginald Page, led to a marriage now in its 57th year, and
Whereas, they operated a dairy farm together for many years, and
Whereas, in 1969, Evelyn Page’s public service resumed, this time on the local level, when she was elected Holland town clerk, a position she filled diligently and with distinction for 25 years, and
Whereas, more recently, her desire to continue to be involved in the community led to her volunteer work in the office of the East Side Restaurant in Newport and since 2000, at the Newport Hospital, and
Whereas, memories of her wartime service remain important to Evelyn Page, as every Memorial Day, usually in the accompaniment of local school children, she places American flags on the graves of the seven dozen veterans buried in the Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland, and
Whereas, she has made lasting contributions to her town and nation, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly honors the public service contributions and community spirit of Evelyn Page of Holland, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Evelyn Page in Holland.
The Vermont General Assembly
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