Presidential Proclamation -- Irish-American Heritage Month, 2015 IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2015 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Irish people shaped many of the earliest chapters of America's story. Our common values and shared vision for the future laid the foundation for an eternal friendship between Ireland and the United States, and today, daughters and sons of Erin continue to enrich our Nation. This month, we reaffirm the bonds of affection between our two great countries, and we … More...
About Irish American Heritage Month
Since 1991, Presidents of both political parties has designated March as Irish American Heritage Month to recognize the contribution that Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the formation of our Nation. Among those contributions are nine signers of the Declaration of Independence, over twenty of Washington’s generals, the first man to hold a commission in the United States Navy, over 190,000 Irish born Americans who fought in the Civil War, pioneering women such as Nellie Bly and Christa McAuliffe, the inventor of the modern submarine and 253 Medal of Honor recipients who list the place of their birth as Ireland.
Despite this, the public is largely unaware of “Irish-American Heritage Month”. Should not the contributions of Irish American have the same national and institutional recognition as other ethnic cultural celebrations, such as; National African American History/Black History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Asia/Pacific American Heritage Month? Yet while taxpayer financed institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and even the armed services actively celebrate and recognize the contribution of the groups mentioned above through special programs and materials, they continue to ignore the contributions of Irish Americans.
Full and appropriate national celebrations and recognition can only happen when all Americans take action. Irish Americans have done so much to shape and form virtually all areas of life in the United States throughout our country’s great history. We must act now and speak up in order to be heard.