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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 15, 2021 12:12 PM
From: Representative Greg Rothman and Rep. Francis X. Ryan, Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr., Rep. Craig Williams, Rep. David M. Delloso
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution - 250th Anniversary of the United States Navy and Marine Corps
The year 2025 will mark the 250th anniversary of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.  Because much of the history of the Navy and Marine Corps is based in Pennsylvania, it is fitting and proper that the Commonwealth should be the host site of the 250th birthday celebrations. 
Notably, the original legislative action out of which the Continental Navy grew was adopted in Philadelphia when the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution to procure two armed vessels on October 13, 1775, in anticipation of the conflict with the British Empire.  The United States Marine Corps also traces its founding to the City of Brotherly Love. 
The Continental Marines were established by the Second Continental Congress on November 10, 1775 to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War and conduct ship-to-ship fighting.  The Marine recruiting headquarters was in the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which is considered to be the birthplace of the Marines.
This concurrent resolution beseeches the Secretary of the Navy to designate Philadelphia and portions of the Delaware River as the site of the main celebration of the 250th birthdays of the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.
Please join me in supporting this concurrent resolution properly recognizing the Keystone State as the rightful heir to the legacy of these two extraordinary branches of the United States military that, for two and a half centuries, have brought peace and freedom to the world.

Introduced as HR96