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NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

1975 SESSION

RESOLUTION 37

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 573

A JOINT RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE HALIFAX RESOLVES OF APRIL 12, 1776, WHICH AUTHORIZED NORTH CAROLINA DELEGATES IN THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS TO VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE.
Whereas, April 12, 1975, is the 199th anniversary of the occasion on which the Fourth North Carolina Provincial Congress adopted the famous Halifax Resolves; and

Whereas, the members of the Fourth Provincial Congress were already determined on the course of independence and knew other colonies were likewise so determined; and

Whereas, the said members forbore to take unilaterally an action which they conceived ought to be taken by all 13 colonies in unison; and

Whereas, by such forbearance they set the example for American unity in defense of American liberty; and

Whereas, such examples led ultimately to the winning of American independence and to the establishment of the oldest surviving constitutional republic in the world; and

Whereas, North Carolina was the first of the 13 original colonies to take such an official action for independence; and

Whereas, it was through this action that North Carolina forged the first link in a chain of events that led directly to the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776; and

Whereas, the year 1976 will be the bicentennial anniversary of the action by the Continental Congress for independence from the Mother Country; and

Whereas, the example set at Halifax on April 12, 1776, ought ever to be an inspiration and model for all North Carolinians and Americans; and

Whereas, April 12 of every year has been designated as Halifax Day; and

Whereas, Halifax Day is the occasion on which the State and the nation are annually reminded of the wisdom, courage, and foresight of the Fourth North Carolina Provincial Congress; and

Whereas, the General Assembly of North Carolina is desirous of making known its approbation and support of the purpose of Halifax Day;


Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
Section 1. That the General Assembly extends its warmest wishes and highest respects to those citizens of North Carolina and other states gathered at Halifax to commemorate Halifax Day.

Sec. 2. The General Assembly commends to all North Carolinians and all Americans that they study and emulate the example set at Halifax by the members of the Fourth North Carolina Provincial Congress on April 12, 1776.

Sec. 3. This resolution shall become effective upon ratification.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 14th day of April, 1975.






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