Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011

March 17 is Thursday of this week and is always exciting with the 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Leavenworth. Our parade is always great and this year is no exception.

Ours is one of the best around, especially since our good friends, Bill and Margaret McNamee are the grand marshals this year. All the grand marshals have had Irish roots and have spent their lives dedicated to doing good works and helping people.

Everyone claims to be Irish on March 17 and there is green everywhere. My grandmother was one who claimed to be Irish even though she lived in England before coming to America with her husband and children.

St. Patrick was born in 387 and died in March 17, 461.

The parades in his honor go back as far as 1762 in the United States. There are many parades all over our country now and the shamrock and corned beef and cabbage is traditional now. In Ireland they had Irish bacon and cabbage.

S., Patrick was sent to Ireland to help spread Christianity and he used the shamrock as a symbol to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. He converted many people to Christianity and it is said that he drove the snakes from Ireland, when in reality; there were never any snakes there.

All the Irishmen we know have a dominant trait of being fun loving, hospitable, friendly and would give you the shirt off their back and traditional good dishes, brilliant music, dancing and beautiful landscapes. Ada and I found that out for ourselves when we had a chance to spend a week in Ireland a few years ago. Everywhere we went we were greeted with the wonderful feeling of being welcome.

Congratulations, Bill and Margaret. We are so happy to have your friendship. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon you face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

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