Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 33 History

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(By Delegates Caputo, Longstreth and Manchin)

Requesting the Division of Highways to name the
access road to the Armed Forces Readiness Center located in Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, currently known as a spur of Lafayette Street, "201st Artillery Drive".
     Whereas, The United States Department of the Army Lineage and Honors records and the United States Army Institute of Heraldry recognizes the 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery (the "201st") as the oldest unit in the U.S. Army with continuous active service since February 17, 1735; and
     Whereas, While other units were formed well before that time, those did not join the Continental Army on 14 June 1775; and
     Whereas, The Institute of Heraldry also recognizes the Regiment as the only surviving unit of the original companies that formed the original United States Army in 1775 under General George Washington; and
     Whereas, History records that General George Washington was so impressed during his travels through "Western Virginia" that upon discussion of forming a Continental Army he immediately knew that he would form it with soldiers from this area, and General Washington is quoted as saying, "Let me plant my banner in West Augusta and I will surround it with fighting men who will drive the invaders from our land;" and
     Whereas, The 201st has fought during every major United States military campaign since the Revolutionary War except the Vietnam War, and in addition, the 201st has the distinction of having been split during the Civil War with half of its units fighting with the Union Army and the other half with the Confederate Army. Each Unit, the Northern 201st and the Southern 201st, earned battle streamers for combat during the Civil War, and after the war, the reconstituted 201st was authorized to fly both the Union and Confederate battle streamers on its Flag/Guidon; and
     Whereas, The 201st has been instrumental in guarding our nation and our state and protecting the lives and freedom of her citizens; and
     Whereas, The 201st as a National Guard unit has answered valiantly every call from the State of West Virginia during emergencies and disasters which have taken place both within and
without her borders; and
     Whereas, It is fitting to dedicate a public reminder that the soldiers who have worn and continue to wear the colors of the 201st have provided and continue to provide outstanding examples of selfless service; and
     Whereas, The council of the City of Fairmont, by resolution adopted by the council at a regular meeting held December 11, 2012, did respectfully request that the access road be named "201st Artillery Drive; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That the Division of Highways name the
access road to the Armed Forces Readiness Center located in Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, currently known as a spur of Lafayette Street, "201st Artillery Drive"; and , be it
     Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made, and be placed, signs identifying the road as the
"201st Artillery Drive" ; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the City Clerk of the City of Fairmont, West Virginia, and to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
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