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PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 1060
PRINTER'S NO. 1161
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
164
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY ROBINSON, BARTOLOTTA, LANGERHOLC, BROOKS,
TOMLINSON, SCAVELLO, GEBHARD, SANTARSIERO, MASTRIANO, ARGALL,
KANE, FONTANA, YUDICHAK, GORDNER, HUTCHINSON, L. WILLIAMS,
DUSH, COMITTA, MARTIN, COSTA, J. WARD, MENSCH, PHILLIPS-HILL,
CAPPELLETTI, STEFANO, VOGEL, PITTMAN, MUTH, AUMENT, SCHWANK,
BROWNE AND STREET, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
AS AMENDED, OCTOBER 18, 2021
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Urging the Secretary of the Navy to designate the City of
Philadelphia and both banks 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 in October and
November 2025.
WHEREAS, The United States Navy was founded in Pennsylvania
on October 13, 1775, when the Second Continental Congress at
Independence Hall in Philadelphia authorized its first ships;
and
WHEREAS, Later that year in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
the Continental Navy commissioned its first ship and granted its
first commission to John Barry, the "Father of the American
Navy"; and
WHEREAS, The Second Continental Congress in Pennsylvania
commissioned Lieutenant John Paul Jones who, on the Delaware
River, was the first to raise an American national flag, the
Grand Union Flag, on a naval vessel; and
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WHEREAS, The United States Marine Corps was founded in
Pennsylvania on November 10, 1775, when the Second Continental
Congress at Independence Hall authorized the recruitment of two
battalions; and
WHEREAS, The United States Marine Corps was born later that
year after its first commissioned officer, Captain Samuel
Nicholas, held a recruiting drive in Tun Tavern in Philadelphia;
and
WHEREAS, The first United States Marine Corps amphibious
operation, mounted from Pennsylvania, seized sorely needed
gunpowder for the Continental Army; and
WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has continued to
design and build ships and aircraft and has contributed sons and
daughters to lead the United States Navy and the United States
Marine Corps since their birth; and
WHEREAS, The United States Navy's 250-year history should be
celebrated by assembling ships, including the Pennsylvania State
Flagship Niagara, from every major war the United States Navy
has fought; and
WHEREAS, This assemblage would be possible only in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because Philadelphia has preserved
USS Olympia, the sole survivor of the Spanish-American War; and
WHEREAS, The United States Marine Corps' 250th birthday
should be celebrated by rebuilding Tun Tavern in Philadelphia,
drawing United States Marines from the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania and beyond; therefore be it
RESOLVED (the House of Representatives concurring), That the
General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania urge the
Secretary of the Navy to designate the City of Philadelphia and
both banks of the Delaware River as the site of the main
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celebration of the 250th birthdays of the United States Navy and
the United States Marine Corps in October and November 2025; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania authorize URGE the United States Navy and the
United States Marine Corps to participate by bringing active-
duty ships, aircraft, equipment and personnel that represent the
United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to
the President of the United States, the United States Secretary
of Defense, the Secretary of the Navy, the Commandant of the
Marine Corps and each member of the Pennsylvania Congressional
Delegation.
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