Resolution J2569-2013

Commemorating the 30th Annual Celebration of the Rome, New York, Honor America Days, July 26 through mid-August, 2013

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 30th Annual Celebration of the
Rome, New York, Honor America Days, July 26 through mid-August, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals that are devoted to the welfare of  the  community
and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, It is also the custom of this Legislative Body to commemorate
significant events in our unique New York State history; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  30th Annual Celebration of the Rome, New York, Honor America
Days; this auspicious occasion will be celebrated by multiple events  to
be held from July 26 through mid-August 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  The proud home of the Fort Stanwix National Monument and the
Erie Canal, Rome, New York, held its  first  Honor  America  Days  Cele-
bration on August 10-11, 1984; and
  WHEREAS, The first Honor America Days Celebration was held in conjunc-
tion  with  the  City  of Rome's annual Fort Stanwix Days, traditionally
held August 1-3, to recognize the siege of the Fort Stanwix on August 3,
1777; and
  WHEREAS, The City of Rome, New York, is the home of the  former  Grif-
fiss Air Force Base; it wanted to present an event which would honor our
military  and  veterans  as well as become an annual source of pride for
the community; and
  WHEREAS, From 1985 to present, the Honor America Days  Celebration  in
Rome,  New  York, officially begins on the last weekend in July and ends
in the middle of August; there are numerous events held throughout  this
period  of  time  including  ice  cream socials, church suppers, chicken
bar-b-q, children's events and much more; and
  WHEREAS, The two biggest events to grow  out  of  the  original  cele-
bration  of  the  Honor  America Days Celebration are the annual parade,
which attracts entertainment from as far  as  Albany  to  the  east  and
Rochester  to  the  west, along with local marching bands and many, many
floats created by community groups; and
  WHEREAS, The second signature event of the Honor  America  Days  Cele-
bration  is  the  concert  on the lawn of Fort Stanwix National Monument
presented by the musicians of the Syracuse Symphony now known as Sympho-
ria; and
  WHEREAS, In recent years, two other events  have  been  added  to  the
Honor  America  Days Celebration by outside groups and have become quite
successful: the Rome Rotary Club stages a Canal Fest held on  the  banks
of  the Erie Canal; and the East Rome Memories group presents an Italian
picnic at Pinti Field following the parade; and
  WHEREAS, The 2013 Honor America Days Celebration will feature  several
innovative changes and improvements, including: a nine by 12 foot Jumbo-
tron  screen  provided  by Entertainment Services; the Rome Free Academy
and Westmoreland High School marching bands participation in the parade;
and at least a dozen more groups encompassing many different  genres  of
music  along  with  an  entire division of the Ziyara Shriners featuring
clowns and motorcycles; and
  WHEREAS, The Rome, New York, Honor America Days Celebration has  grown
into one of the largest festivals held annually in the region and enjoys
tremendous private sector support to fund the many events; and

  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious  occasion  presents an opportunity for this
Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to the 30th  Annual  Cele-
bration of the Rome, New York, Honor America Days; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when events and
organizations  of  such  noble  aims  and  accomplishments, and historic
significance, are brought to our attention, they  should  be  recognized
and  applauded  by  all  the  citizens  of this great Empire State; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  30th  Annual  Celebration of the Rome, New York, Honor
America Days; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Rome, New York, Honor America Days Committee.

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