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Bowling Green Park, New York, USA, March 15, 2024 – Mayor Eric Adams delivers remarks at a flag-raising ceremony for Ireland along with St Patrick Parade 2024 Grand Marshal Margaret C. Timoney (Maggie Timoney) and Irish Dignitaries today in New York City. Photo: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire

 

New York City Mayor Adams recently presided over a historic Irish Flag Raising Ceremony at Bowling Green, marking a significant moment in Irish American history. Arthur Piccolo, Chairman of the Bowling Green Association, emphasized the sacredness of the location, recalling the pivotal events of March 17th, 1762.

Piccolo highlighted the courageous act of Irish soldiers and colonists who, in defiance of British rule, staged the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade in history, symbolizing resistance and unity. The ceremony honored these unsung heroes whose actions laid the foundation for both American and Irish independence.

The flag raised during the ceremony held deep symbolism, having flown over the General Post Office in Ireland during the 1916 Easter Rising. It serves as a reminder of the intertwined struggles for freedom and justice.

Hilary Beirne, Chair of the St. Patrick’s Day Foundation, NYC, underscored the parade’s enduring legacy, surviving wars, pandemics, and economic challenges, a testament to the resilience of the Irish community.

Assemblyman Robert Carroll reflected on the Irish American experience as a cornerstone of the American Dream, shaping the cultural tapestry of the nation and celebrating the idea of inclusivity and diversity.

Commissioner Edward Mermelstein celebrated the rich Irish heritage woven into the fabric of New York City, recognizing the contributions of Irish Americans across various sectors, from public service to cultural traditions.

Mayor Adams acknowledged the significance of the Irish community in New York City’s history and praised their enduring contributions to the city’s vibrancy and diversity. He emphasized the importance of cultural preservation while embracing the collective identity of being American.

Margaret Timoney, the 2024 Grand Marshal, highlighted the theme of unity and resilience, honoring the past while celebrating the future of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She recognized the dedication of volunteers and committee members who uphold this cherished tradition.

In conclusion, the Irish Flag Raising Ceremony at Bowling Green serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring spirit of the Irish community and its invaluable contributions to New York City’s cultural mosaic.

Source: EuropaNewswire

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