A “Very Irish Day” | Rededication of the Robert Emmet Memorial in Washington, DCApril 30, 2016
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Three Centenaries were celebrated in Washington DC: the 1916 Easter Rising, the founding of the National Park Service and the commissioning of the Robert Emmet Memorial Statue by Irish sculptor, Jerome Connor.
This “very Irish day,” introduced by Tara D. Morrison, Superintendent of Rock Creek Park, included an eloquent speech by the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson; a solemn reading of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence by Captain Peter Kelleher of the Irish Army; remarks by Congressman Joe Crowley; Bob Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks; Elizabeth Broun, Director of the Smithsonian Museum of Art; Thomas Burke, National President of the Irish American Unity Conference and Brendan Moore, National President of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.
In the March issue of Irish America Magazine, Turlough McConnell writes on the historical significance of this important monument and the story of Robert Emmet. You can read his full article in this post elsewhere on our website.
In addition, Turlough McConnell Communications is pleased to share video documentation of the historic April 27th, rededication in the player below. Video courtesy of www.FedNet.net.
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