PHILADELPHIA – Each year ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick hold a ceremony at Philadelphia’s City Hall. The building’s western facade features a plaque commemorating the contributions of Irish immigrants and descendants to Philadelphia.
The plaque honors the Irish participation in the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Constitution by Philadelphia Irish leaders and the role of Irishman in the War for Independence. Declaration signers such as John Hancock and Charles Carroll can be found on the plaque as well as that of John Barry, the father of the US Navy.
Members of the Friendly Sons spoke about the importance and significance of the Irish legacy in Philadelphia while bagpipers added music in the background. The Grand Marshall of the 2019 Irish spoke before the closing convocation and wreath laying at the foot of the plaque.
JJ White worked closely with the Friendly Sons organization to create a permanent Irish Memorial in Philadelphia. JJ White donated over $275,000 worth of materials, labor, and management to make the dream of a lasting tribute a reality. “An Gorta Mór” was dedicated on October 25, 2003 and is the site of an annual St. Patrick’s Day gathering every year. JJ White team members will also be present for this ceremony taking place on Sunday March 17 at 11AM. We hope you can also join us to kick off your St. Patrick’s Day.