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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2020 10:06 AM
From: Representative Harry Readshaw
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: St. David’s Day
Nearly 2 million Americans have at least some Welsh ancestry, according to a 2017 Census Bureau survey. This is more than half of the total amount of people who live in Wales, currently about 3.1 million. Welsh Americans have had an important role in shaping American politics and society. Famous Americans of Welsh descent include Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson, as well as authors Sinclair Lewis and Jack London. Several prominent Pennsylvanians were also of Welsh descent, such as former Governor Arthur James and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Benjamin R. Jones.
St. David’s Day is celebrated annually on March 1 and is one of Wales’ important days of celebration. In honor of this celebration, I will be re-introducing a resolution designating March 1, 2020, as St. David’s Day in Pennsylvania. St. David’s Day celebrates the life and legends surrounding St. David, who lived around 500 AD. In Welsh stories, St. David did many things, such as suggesting that Welsh soldiers wear leeks in battle to distinguish themselves from Saxons wearing the same uniforms. St. David’s Day in Wales is a time for feasting, parades and celebration of traditional Welsh culture.
Please join me in celebrating Welsh heritage in Pennsylvania and across the United States this St. David’s Day.

Introduced as HR745