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One St. Patrick’s Day weekend, two perspectives

Rosamond: The Cathedral and Parade Spectator

March 25, 2012

Although anticipated for several weeks, little did I know when I woke up on Saturday, March 17 that the day would have such awesome experiences in store for me. I had been invited to St. Patrick's Day festivities in New York City as a guest of the 69th Regimental Headquarters (Armory) on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan because of my book, "My Dear Jen," which through letters, tells of my father's experiences in World War I with the Irish Brigade, "Fighting 69th," 165 Infantry Rainbow Division. Of course, Saint Patrick, being the patron saint of Ireland, makes St. Patrick's Day a big day for the 69th and those of Irish heritage. Even though many Irish did not come to the United States until the 1840s, many were here earlier as evidenced by the parade's history well before this time, with this year marking its 251st anniversary; or "on the streets of New York since 1762."



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