VIRGINIA DIVISION ADOPTS RESOLUTION URGING NEW STATE SONG

In consideration of the action of the General Assembly granting emeritus status to Carry Me Back to Old Virginny, and pursuant to their selection of a new state song for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, offers the following resolution:

WHEREAS the words of the song Old Virginia were written in 1911 by native Virginian Dr. John W. Wayland, a professor of history and social science at what is now James Madison University and a well-known writer and lecturer on historical subjects; and

WHEREAS the melody of the song Old Virginia was composed by Professor William H. Ruebush, great-grandson of Virginia music publisher Joseph Funk and nephew of poet-composer Aldine S. Keiffer; and

WHEREAS the song Old Virginia has been taught in Virginia schools since 1917 and is thus already well-known to and well-loved by several generations of Virginians; and

WHEREAS the melody of Old Virginia was composed within a moderate vocal range and is easy to sing; and

WHEREAS the lyrics of Old Virginia celebrate the Old Dominion's role as the place where American liberty and independence were born and glorify both her natural wonders and the accomplishments of her people in a non-partisan, non-political manner;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Virginia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, in Convention assembled in the City of Lynchburg on this the 11th day of October, 1998, recommends to the General Assembly the song Old Virginia, written by Dr. John W. Wayland and published in 1911 with music by Professor William H. Ruebush, as the official state song of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Nancy L. Gum, President
Virginia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy


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