8/14/13

News from the Commodore Barry Club

 The 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood

At 11 AM on Sunday, Aug. 25, the Bay Ridge-based Commodore Barry Club will join in celebrating the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery.

The meetup will be at the Gothic Gate, at 25th Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

The club's portion of the celebration will focus on contributions by the Irish to the second major engagement of the Revolutionary War, in which General George Washington pulled off a midnight retreat that saved the outnumbered Continental Army from being destroyed by the British at the start of the American Revolution.

Much of the action in the Battle of Brooklyn took place in and around what is now Green-Wood Cemetery.

The club, escorted by pipers, will parade to the Minerva Monument, which looks toward the Statue of Liberty, for a remembrance of John Gallagher, historian and author of The Battle Of Brooklyn; Irish historian Mary Gallagher; and Minerva Monument donor Charles Higgins.

The victims of 9/11 will be remembered during a moment of silence, and, at 2 PM, the commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn will begin.

Irish Heritage Trail and Patriots Day at Green-Wood

At 12 Noon on Saturday, September 21, the club will take part in "Irish Heritage Trail and Patriots Day", at Green-Wood Cemetery, starting with a mass at The Chapel, near Green-Wood's front Gate, for Irish veterans of the Korean War.

Many Irish enlisted men who died in service to the United States during the Korean War were posthumously given American citizenship to honor their sacrifice.

Ed Cush, organizer of the Kings County Memorial Parade, and Asenath Nicholson, a Leader of the Irish Famine Relief, will also be honored.

After refreshments, the club will march to the graves/memorials of Irish notables, including the Korean War Veterans; Matilda Tone, wife of Theobald Tone; Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meager; Irish Rebel Patrick O’Donohue; and drummer boy Clarence McKenzie, who fell at age 12 in the Civil War.

The Green-Wood trolley will available for those who need a lift for the tour.

Celebration at the John Barry Gate

From May 9 to 10, 2014, the club will celebrate the dedication of the John Barry Gate at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

So far, the club has raised a total of $6,000 for the monument.

For more information about the club, call 718-833-3405 or visit the website.

For more about the Battle of Brooklyn anniversary celebration at Green-Wood, visit the event page.

Media contact: Brian Kassenbrock
718-748-0624
kassenbrock@verizon.net

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