Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Lafayette Day Commemoration in Concord, NH
To celebrate the 185th anniversary of French General Lafayette’s visit to Concord, and his address to a joint session of the New Hampshire General Court, a commemoration ceremony will be held in Concord, NH this Wednesday, May 19th.
General Marquis de Lafayette’s appearance on that day, June 22, 1825, was part of a national tour of the then 24 United States to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American Revolution. The following day, an elm tree, symbol of Liberty, was planted on the spot where General Lafayette had been seated. This tree survived 130 years.
In May 1955, the New Hampshire General Court passed legislation (Chapter 4:13-b) proclaiming May 20th as General Marquis de Lafayette Day, in honor of this proud patriot who had come from France to volunteer in the American struggle for Independence.
At 9:30 AM, Wednesday May 19th, Count Gilbert de Pusy Lafayette, a descendant of General Marquis de Lafayette, will join the Consul General of France in Boston, Hon. Christophe Guilhou, and the Governor of New Hampshire, Hon. John Lynch, to plant an elm tree outside the Statehouse.
At 10:15 AM, a ceremony will be held inside the State House to celebrate the General Lafayette’s address to a joint session of the New Hampshire General Court in 1825, with addresses by the Speaker of the House, Hon. Terie Norelli, and the Consul General of France in Boston, Hon. Christophe Guilhou.