Cheney recounts hardships to Va. lawmakers at Jamestown

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JAMESTOWN, Va. - It was fitting for Virginia to begin its 2007 legislative session at the place where representative democracy in America was born, Vice President Dick Cheney told legislators Wednesday.

In a speech that stressed themes of religious faith, sacrifice and personal courage, Cheney helped open the Virginia General Assembly's winter session on the site where the first English settlement in North America was established 400 years ago.

"It's striking to realize how much of America's story begins with a little three-sided fort raised on the banks of the James River four centuries ago," Cheney told legislators who packed into the Historic Jamestowne Memorial Church.

The first meeting of Virginia's legislative body in nearly 350 years at Jamestown was held to mark the start of the anniversary year. The highlight of the commemoration is a scheduled visit in May by Queen Elizabeth _ retracing the steps she made to Jamestown in 1957 when she visited the site on its 350th anniversary.

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