H.Res. 1704: Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon

H.Res. 1704

Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon

Sponsor
Rep. James P. McGovern

Date
December 7, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 1704 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) on September 29, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1704 would resolve that the House of Representatives joins with the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC, the people of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the people of Marathon, Greece, and the hundreds of thousands of runners participating in marathons throughout the United States, in celebrating the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, Greece, one of the most significant battles in human history.

Background

In 490 BC, Athenian warriors defeated the Persian army and won against overwhelming odds in one of the most significant battles in history. According to legend, a messenger named Phidippides ran from the battlefield of Marathon, Greece, to Athens 26 miles away to carry news of the victory and it is said, that upon delivering the news, died from exhaustion.