NO. R-18. House concurrent resolution in memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Holmes of Hartford.
Offered by: Representatives Bohi of Hartford, Kainen of Hartford, Reese of Pomfret and Obuchowski of Rockingham.
Offered by: Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District and Senator Welch of Windsor District.
Whereas, the lives of the brave young American Marines deployed in Iraq are continuously at risk as they battle insurgents rather than a traditional nation-state’s armed forces, and
Whereas, one of the largest military engagements in Iraq occurred in November 2004, when American forces, including the United States Marine Corps’ 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo Company, 3rd Platoon, were directed to end the strong insurgent presence in the city of Fallujah, and
Whereas, among the members of the 3rd Platoon was 20‑year-old Lance Cpl. Jeffery Holmes of Hartford, a 2003 graduate of Hartford High School who had joined the Marine Corps as his personal response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and
Whereas, on Thanksgiving Day 2004, Lance Cpl. Holmes and a fellow marine were killed in combat as they were searching for remaining insurgents hidden in individual houses, and
Whereas, he had been a popular member of the Hartford High School football team, managed the school’s ice hockey team, and served as a member of the civil air patrol, and
Whereas, his former football coach described Jeffery Holmes as a “happy‑go‑lucky‑kid” and as “one of those kids you remember,” and
Whereas, while Lance Cpl. Holmes may have been easy-going as a high school football player, he had expressed an unambiguous desire to fight for his country, and
Whereas, Jeffery Holmes had informed his family that should he be killed in combat, he would have died doing what he wanted to do, and
Whereas, his death, the first military casualty of a Hartford resident since the Korean conflict, has brought great sadness to his former classmates and teachers, and
Whereas, memories of Jeffery Holmes will always be present in the minds of his parents Scott and Patti Holmes of Hartford and his younger brother Cory, and
Whereas, he was a brave young American for whom love of country was of paramount importance, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly extends its most sincere condolences to the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Holmes of Hartford, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Scott and Patti Holmes in Hartford.
The Vermont General Assembly
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