Walker elected as U.S. Commission Vice Chair

Published 4:10 pm Friday, December 14, 2018


American Village Founder and CEO Tom Walker was elected in November as Vice Chair of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission.

The Commission was created by public law to plan and coordinate America’s 250th birthday celebration in 2026.

Dan Dilella of Philadelphia is serving as Chair.

Walker is one of 16 private citizens appointed by the leadership of Congress to the Commission.

Four U.S. Senators and four U.S. Representatives, including Congressman Robert Aderholt of Alabama’s 4th district, serve on the Commission.

Walker’s election came at the inaugural meeting of the Commission.

Commissioners were sworn into office in Independence Hall, where the declaration of Independence was adopted July 4, 1776, and the United States Constitution was adopted Sept. 17, 1787.

“I am honored to serve on the Commission. Our Country’s 250th birthday – on July 4, 2026 – is a once in generations opportunity to rekindle a sense of patriotism and to renew awareness of the importance of our Declaration of Independence even today in defining our country’s values,” Walker said. “Citizens of our country share the name ‘American’ and we share a legacy of liberty. This significant anniversary – and its nation-wide programs, celebrations, and commemorations – will serve to remind us of the ties that bind us together as Americans.”

The commission will be inviting suggestions from the public, and Walker is working to see that the commission holds one of its meetings in Alabama.