Lafayette Day 2016 [fr]

On May 20, the Lafayette Society and the Consulate General of France in Boston organized the annual Massachusetts Lafayette Day. This traditional celebration, which dates back to 1935, pays special tribute to General Lafayette, who fought alongside George Washington for the freedom and Independence of the United States. This year, we celebrated the long-lasting French-American Friendship through a tribute to Lafayette and a decoration of a WWII Veteran with the Legion of Honor.

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On May 20, the Lafayette Society and the Consulate General of France in Boston organized the annual Massachusetts Lafayette Day. This traditional celebration, which dates back to 1935, pays special tribute to General Lafayette, who fought alongside George Washington for the freedom and Independence of the United States. It represents a pillar of the longstanding French-American friendship.

You will find the speeches given by the Consul General on this day: here.

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Program

10:30 am: Lafayette Day Ceremonies at the Boston Athenaeum

  • Presentation of the Colors by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts
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  • National Anthems performed by The International School of Boston Chorus
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  • Reading of the Massachusetts Lafayette Day proclamation in French and English
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  • Opening remarks by Alan R. Hoffman
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  • Introductory remarks by Valéry Freland, Consul General of France
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  • Congresswoman Nick Tsongas presentation to World War II Veteran Mr. Frank Polewarcyzk
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  • Decoration of a World War II Veteran, Mr. Frank Polewarcyzk, with the Légion d’Honneur
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  • Retirement of the Colors by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

11:45 am: Procession to Lafayette Mall & Laying of Wreath

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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Luncheon at Union Club

  • 1:00 pm: Speaker, Alan R. Hoffman, Lafayette as abolitionist: His life and legacy, 1783 to 1864
  • Menu: Argula Salad - Baked Rolls - Chichen Cordon Bleu - Fresh Fruit Compote - Coffee/Tea

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About Lafayette Day

May 20th marks the day that Boston celebrates one of America’s heroes and a cornerstone in the Franco-American friendship. This tradition started in 1935 when a law was enacted wherein the Governor of the Commonwealth declared this day to honor Marquis de Lafayette.

Massachusetts, and more specifically Boston, played an important role in the relationship that Lafayette had with the United States. It was from Boston, on January 11, 1779, on board the USS Alliance, that Lafayette left the US to go back to France in order to persuade Louis XVI to increase his support for the American struggle for independence. It was in Boston, on the Hermione frigate, that Lafayette arrived in May of 1780 for his second American stay, during which he joined Washington and participated in the Battle of Yorktown, which led to the end of the British rule. And it was again in Boston that, in 1824, back in America for the last time, he received a triumphant welcome, laid the first stone of the Bunker Hill Monument, and presided over a grand ball with six thousand guests.

Dernière modification : 25/05/2016

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