House Approves Barrar Legislation Designating April 17 as ‘National Guard Day’ in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) to designate April 17 as “National Guard Day” in Pennsylvania.

“The Pennsylvania National Guard traces its roots back to the days of Benjamin Franklin, before the United States was even an independent nation,” said Barrar.  “I am very pleased to honor the rich history and tradition of this distinguished institution, and I thank my colleagues for joining me to recognize the contributions of the guard internationally and here in the Commonwealth.”

Barrar’s House Resolution 220 acknowledges the service of the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) soldiers and airmen, who have served in every war from the American Revolution to today’s conflicts, as well as having responded to natural disasters in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, for more than 250 years. 

The PNG is headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County.  It is one of the top 10 employers in the state, with a full-time staff of nearly 3,500, and approximately 15,500 more guard members who train on a part-time basis while pursuing civilian education and careers.

Barrar noted the 28th Infantry Division is the oldest continuously serving division in the United States Army.

“The history of service provided by each wing, division and group in the guard is astounding,” said Barrar.  “These soldiers participate in combat missions, provide air support, deliver fuel inflight to other aircraft, and offer aerial broadcasting capability.  This is all in addition to their mobilization during times of domestic disaster and crisis and their counterdrug missions.  They deserve every honor we can bestow.”

The resolution highlights the fact that the PNG is one of the most heavily deployed national guards in the United States, with nearly 35,000 individual deployments since Sept. 11, 2001.  The last few years also have seen several large-scale natural disasters in Pennsylvania and the East Coast, to which the PNG has responded.

Barrar is majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.  He is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, who participated in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.

More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at and  Information about the Pennsylvania National Guard can be found at

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
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