A JOINT RESOLUTION WELCOMING AND ENCOURAGING BICENTENNIAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ORIGINAL THIRTEEN STATES.
Whereas, there is approaching the period in our history of the bicentennial of the American Revolution whereby the thirteen original states and the Republic of the United States of America were founded; and
Whereas, it has been deemed proper by the Congress of the United States and the several state legislatures to plan and conduct public programs for the appropriate commemoration of the bicentennial of the American Revolution; and
Whereas, the thirteen former British colonies which declared their independence from the British Empire, and subsequently formed the nucleus of the republic, of right are considered the cradle of the nation; and
Whereas, such a designation imposes upon the said thirteen original states an incumbency to offer inspiration and leadership to the nation in the commemoration of the Revolution; and
Whereas, representatives of the bicentennial planning agencies of the thirteen original states are now met in Raleigh to reaffirm their ancient bonds in defense of liberty and self-determination and to assume the obligations of leadership; and
Whereas, the General Assembly of North Carolina desires to express its warm approbation and support for this meeting and its purpose;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina extends its warmest welcome to the representatives of the thirteen original states and wishes them Godspeed in their endeavors.
Sec. 2. The General Assembly of North Carolina extends its thanks and congratulations to the delegates and to their several states for the acceptance of the responsibility imposed upon them by their heritage.
Sec. 3. The General Assembly of North Carolina assures the delegates of its support of bicentennial programs appropriate to the commemoration of the American Revolution and to the renewed strengthening of the principles upon which our states and our nation were founded.
Sec. 4. The Secretary of State be directed to certify copies of this resolution and forward the same to the chairmen of the bicentennial commissions, or their equivalents, of the several thirteen original states, viz., Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Sec. 5. This resolution shall become effective upon adoption.