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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution

   By Senators Dunne, Campbell and Welch,

     S.R. 8.  Senate resolution relating to designating the Republic of Vermont Celebration-Windsor Heritage Days as the official Vermont celebration of Vermont's independence.

Whereas, from July 7 to 9, the town of Windsor will commemorate both Vermont's 14 years (1777 – 1791) as an independent republic, and Congress’s acceptance, in 1791, of Vermont as the 14th state, and

Whereas, this celebration will commemorate the town of Windsor’s central role in Vermont’s founding and will encompass extensive exhibitions representing life as it existed when Vermont was born, and

Whereas, conventions leading to the creation of the first Vermont Constitution occurred in Westminster, Dorset, and finally in Windsor during June and July 1777, and on July 2, 1777, the Constitution of the Republic of Vermont was approved, and the birth of an independent nation became a reality six days later on July 8, and

Whereas, representatives and organizations from Westminster and Dorset are also invited to participate in the Windsor celebration in recognition of these towns’ roles in Vermont’s establishment as an independent republic, and

Whereas, one of the weekend's highlights will be the First Annual Vermont Independence Parade, honoring Vermont’s history as an independent nation and featuring music, floats, and marchers from across the state, and

Whereas, the Eighth Annual Cavalcade of Horses Parade, a horse-drawn carriage parade and competition featuring a large contingent of restored 19th century units with costumed drivers, will be a much anticipated event, and

Whereas, the weekend’s displays will include historic forms of transportation and military encampments to be stationed throughout Windsor, representing Vermonters’ contributions across the centuries in battle from the Revolutionary War through World War II, and

Whereas, musical events throughout the weekend will feature selections from the 1770s through more contemporary pieces, and

Whereas, a reenactment of the Vermont Constitution’s adoption and a modern debate featuring “delegates” from all over Vermont will take place, and

Whereas, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has designated the Republic of Vermont Celebration – Windsor Heritage Days as a “top ten” summer event, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That this legislative body designates the Republic of Vermont Celebration – Windsor Heritage Days as the official Vermont celebration of Vermont’s independence and wishes the organizers every success with all the planned festivities and programs, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Senate of the State of Vermont be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Windsor town administrator Donald Howard, to Westminster town clerk Doreen Woodward, to Dorset town clerk Sarah Pisonault, to the 2006 1777 Republic of Vermont Committee cochairs Krysia Rodriguez and Rudolph J. Hanecak III, to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and to the curator of the Old Constitution House William Jenney for public display at this Vermont historic site.


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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont