Lt. Gov. Phil Scott's remarks on Bennington Battle Day

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott delivered this speech in the form of a letter at the 50th Bennington Battle Day Parade on August 17, 2014 in Bennington.

To the Citizens of Bennington:

Two hundred-thirty-seven years ago, on this very weekend, the Battle of Bennington was fought…somewhere close to here. But 50 years ago, on this very weekend, in this very town, the Bennington Fire Department put on the very first Bennington Battle Day Parade. Today, a half century later, we still gather here because this celebration is unique and Vermont to its core; after all, does any other place in the country get a State holiday for Bennington Battle Day? No, not even in New York where the actual battle took place...but that's a minor detail.

We have to remember, however, there are many people who don’t get a day off, even for holidays. They are the volunteers who organize this Parade: the Bennington Fire Department. They are the people to whom this Parade is dedicated: the Bennington Rescue Squad. They are the thousands of volunteer first responders around our state who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to keep the rest of us safe and secure...even on Bennington Battle Day. We are so very fortunate to have those amongst us who give their time so generously.

It is an honor and a pleasure to join you this weekend. Happy Bennington Battle Day!

Best regards,

Phil Scott