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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  171

     House concurrent resolution commemorating the dedication of the Robert T. Stafford United States Navy Memorial on Lake Champlain

Offered by:  Representatives Perry of Richford, Aswad of Burlington, Bartlett of Dover, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Dowland of Holland, Helm of Castleton, Hube of Londonderry, Larocque of Barnet, Malcolm of Pawlet, Martin of Springfield, McAllister of Highgate, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Otterman of Topsham, Pellett of Chester, Rusten of Halifax, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of Morristown and Winters of Swanton

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District and Senator Miller of Chittenden District

Whereas, Lake Champlain served as the site of major naval engagements during both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and

Whereas, well into the 20th century, the United States Navy continued to maintain its presence on the lake in the form of the Naval Reserve Center in Burlington, whose commanding officers included Robert Stafford who would serve subsequently as Vermont’s governor and U.S. senator, and

Whereas, in order to recognize the important role of Lake Champlain and Vermonters in our nation’s naval history, the Robert T. Stafford United States Navy Memorial will be dedicated, and

Whereas, this impressive memorial will feature a sculptured lone sailor statue symbolizing the American sailors who have served our nation at sea, six granite tablets that tell the story of the lake’s naval history, and the original flagpole from the former U.S. Navy Reserve Center with new flags flying high, and

Whereas, the memorial is situated at Hoehl Park in Burlington on the Lake Champlain shoreline close to ECHO and the site of the former U.S. Navy Reserve Center, and

Whereas, the memorial will be dedicated on Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 10 a.m., now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to commemorate the opening of the Robert T. Stafford United States Navy Memorial on the shore of Lake Champlain, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the memorial’s steering committee.                       


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont