A Ceremony honoring Major General Marquis de Lafayette is held at Virginia State Capitol March 15, 2015
Present at the March 14 event, from left to right, in the photograph above: French Honorary Consul Nicolas Valcour, Chuck Schwam, AFL, Nicole Yancey, Virginia Liaison, Rochambeau National Historic Trail, Lt. Colonel Rudolph Stamminger, French Air Force, Chris Milhuish, Retired U.S. Navy Captain, clothed as an American Revolutionary Officer, and Colonel Philippe Roux, French Army, French Liaison Officer.
RICHMOND, VA – A wreath-laying ceremony was held in the rotunda of the Virginia State Capitol on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10 a.m., an event organized to recognize March 14th as Lafayette Day in the Commonwealth. The ceremony honored Major General Marquis de Lafayette and his instrumental role in securing America’s Independence.
Attending the ceremony were: Jeffery Lambert, Executive Director of the General Society of Sons of the Revolution; Chuck Schwam, Treasurer of American Friends of Lafayette; Nicolas Vacour, Honorary Consul of France in Virginia; Colonel Philippe Roux of the French Liaison Office; former Delegate James Dillard, Chairman of the Hermione visit to Virginia.
Present at the March 14 event, from left to right, in the photograph above: French Honorary Consul Nicolas Valcour, Chuck Schwam, AFL, Nicole Yancey, Virginia Liaison, Rochambeau National Historic Trail, Lt. Colonel Rudolph Stamminger, French Air Force, Chris Huish, Retired U.S. Navy Captain, clothed as an American Revolutionary Officer, and Colonel Philippe Roux, French Army, French Liaison Officer.
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell and Delegate David Yancey sponsored House Joint Resolution 797, which passed and designated March 14 in perpetuity as a day to honor Major General Marquis de Lafayette in recognition of his instrumental role in securing American Independence.
On March 14, 1781 the 23 year old Lafayette returned to Virginia on the French Frigate Hermione to resume a campaign against the British that would culminate in their defeat at Yorktown six months later. Lafayette was instrumental in convincing Louise XVI to send General Rochambeau and 6000 French troops along with a French naval force to aid the Colonies. It was the siege of American and French troops at Yorktown along with the French naval blockade of the York River that forced Lord Cornwallis to surrender. Senator John Warner passed legislation giving United States citizenship to Lafayette, one of only eight so honored.
In the summer of 2015 Lafayette’s transatlantic journey will be re-enacted by an exact historic reproduction of the Hermione. The ship will visit 12 ports. Yorktown will be the first port of call where there will be a welcoming ceremony by the Town of Yorktown. Welcoming the ship will be Governor Terry McAulliffe and French Ambassador Gérard Araud. The ship will be open to visitors June 5th through June 7th. The Hermione will then sail to Mount Vernon on June 9th. It will dock at the Alexandria waterfront June 10 and be welcomed by Senator Mark Warner, Former Senator and Secretary of the Navy John Warner along with officials from Alexandria. The Hermione will be open to the public on the 10th, 11th & 12th of June.
For more information about Hermione’s itinerary in the U.S., please visit: http://hermione2015.com/history.html#map