COMMEMORATION DAY, 2010 – TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE GREAT HUNGER IN IRELAND 1845-51
3 Important Dates this year:
Commemoration Day – Ireland is May 16, Murrisk, County Mayo Commemoration Days – USA are May 22/23 New York. Both are organized by the Irish Government Commemoration Committee.
South Florida Commemoration Mass – May 30 at the Church of the Little Flower in Hollywood. Don’t miss this event – there was a huge turn out last year. It is organized by Marie Smith who can provide more details.
THE IRISH GOVERNMENT FORMED A COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE GREAT HUNGER. PEOPLE OF IRISH HERITAGE ARE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE AT MASSES AND OTHER MEMORIAL SERVICES. THIS IS A WORLD WIDE EVENT BECAUSE OF THE MANY PEOPLE WHO LEFT IRELAND IN ORDER TO SURVIVE THE HUNGER.
ALL IRISH ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND PLAN ACTIVITIES TO HONOR THEIR FAMILY ANCESTORS ON THE USA DATE (OR CLOSE TO IT) IN THEIR LOCAL AREAS. EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND MATERIAL SHOULD BE USED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THIS MAN MADE FAMINE. FOOD WAS BEING EXPORTED WHILE THE PEOPLE WERE STARVING.
FORM COMMITTEES, CONTACT PUBLIC OFFICIALS FOR HELP, ASK FOR HELP FROM THE NEWS MEDIA. THERE ARE SOME MONUMENTS TO THESE VICTIMS WHERE MEMORIAL SERVICES COULD TAKE PLACE. CONSULT WITH CHURCHES FOR MASSES.
AFTER WAITING FOR 150 YEARS, WE FINALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THESE VICTIMS. WE SHOULD RESPECT AND HONOR THEIR MEMORY BY HAVING OVERFLOW CROWDS AT ALL THESE MASSES AND CEREMONIES.
IT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO AFTER CONSIDERING THE DEPTH OF THEIR SUFFERING FOR THEIR FAITH AND INSISTENCE ON KEEPING TO THEIR OWN CULTURE.
CHECK; WWW.IRISHHUNGERMARTYRS.ORG FOR SOME HISTORY.
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