Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Vermont Independence Day Overlooked Again

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – On January 15 another year will have passed where efforts have failed to produce a state recognized Vermont Independence Day.

Linda and John Whitney, residents of Essex Junction, know the story all too well, as their efforts have failed to yield what they’ve worked for for several years.

The couple had rallied a grassroots campaign to have legislators declare the day one of independence and see it celebrated by government offices.

Linda Whitney says it’s not very well known that on January 15, 1777, Vermont declared its independence from New York in a lawsuit over land, and the Whitneys were eager to see it made into a state holiday.

In 2004, Whitney says several state representatives were enthusiastic about the idea, but it never went anywhere.

Linda says, “Things move very slowly in Vermont. Slower than maple syrup.”

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