CHAPTER 617

FORMERLY SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

NO. 3

COMMENDING THE AMERICAN RIFLES ASSOCIATION OF THE DELAWARE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, DESIGNATING SAID AMERICAN RIFLES ASSOCIATION AS THE OFFICIAL MILITARY CEREMONIAL UNIT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE, AND URGING THEIR FINANCIAL SUPPORT BY THE 128th GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

WHEREAS, the American Rifles Association of the Delaware Army National Guard, also known as Headquarters, and Headquarters Company, 198th Signal Battalion Corps, having been organized in 1776, is the oldest military unit in the State of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the American Rifles Association represented the State of Delaware at the Centennial of American Independence in Philadelphia in 1876; and

WHEREAS, the American Rifles Association has been repeatedly praised for their drill and marching exhibitions by visitors to this State and by other organizations participating with them in public functions;

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met, together with the approval of the Governor, that the American Rifles Association of the Delaware National Guard, also known as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 198th Signal Battalion, is hereby commended for their excellent work in representing the State of Delaware throughout the years.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Rifles Association is hereby designated the official military ceremonial unit of the. State • of Delaware for the observance of the Bicentennial of American Independence, to be held in Philadelphia and elsewhere, and is further designated "The Honor Guard" of the Chief Executive Officer and the "Ceremonial Unit" of the State of Delaware.

BE IT YET FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 128th General Assembly of the State of Delaware is strongly urged to support the costs of participation in the said Bicentennial observance by the American Rifles Association, which financial support should include transportation, uniforms, and required subsistence.

Approved May 7, 1971.