Posted By: February 05, 2016

United national commemoration

CAPITOL HILL. February 6, 2016—— A united national commemoration of 1916 has been launched so that all Irish-Americans can participate in honoring the men and women of the Easter Rising.

The Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus has sent a mass mailing to a quarter of a million Irish-Americans (many of whom are members) urging them to commemorate this pivotal moment in Irish history — and to honor the 1916 Proclamation, one of the most iconic Irish documents.

Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Irish National Caucus, said: “Of course, there will be different 1916 commemorations throughout the United States, but naturally not everyone can be involved in these events. So we wanted to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate— and to have something to show for it: a permanent memento in their own homes.”

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “We are producing a beautiful 1916 Commemorative Journal (8.5×11), in which individuals and groups can publish their very own words and patriotic praise for the men and women of 1916. This Commemorative Journal will become part of the historic record; it will be housed in the Library of Congress and in key libraries across the United States; and it will be sent to all Members of Congress. Also it will become an essential part of the Official Papers of the Irish National Caucus, which a number of universities have an interest in obtaining.”

Fr. Mc Manus continued: “But most important of all, the beautiful 1916 Commemorative Journal will remain in individual’s homes to be passed down through generations. This is a direct, hands-on, and deeply personal way for them to participate in this historic commemoration. And, importantly, it will be free from any ideology, government or party affiliation in any part of partitioned Ireland. The men and women of 1916 rose up so that Ireland, too, like the United States, would have the right to be One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”