July 10, 2015
As the Hermione sails past the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge on its way to Newport, Rhode Island, a costumed father and son take in the scene on July 8, 2015. Photo Credit:Courtesy of Emily L. Ferguson, Land's Edge Photography, Cape Cod, MA.
Crowds gather to view and tour the Hermione in Newport, Rhode Island on July 8, 2015. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Emily L. Ferguson, Land's Edge Photography, Cape Cod, MA.
In a solemn ceremony on July 8, 2015, a wreath was laid by representatives of France and the United States at the grave of 18th century French Admiral de Ternay, a hero of the American Revolution. The graveyard is located near the historic Trinity Church. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette In America, Inc. – All rights reserved.
On July 8, 2015, the Hermione, the French Frigate of Freedom, arrived for a two-day port of call in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Just before her docking, there commenced a small and solemn ceremony among assembled French and American dignitaries that paid tribute to Admiral de Ternay at Trinity Church.
Admiral de Ternay, in 1780, commanded the French Expédition Particulière, which was the naval squadron that carried the French army of the Comte de Rochambeau to Newport, Rhode Island. Ternay’s fleet was blockaded by the British after his arrival. He died of typhus aboard his flagship the Duc de Bourgogne on 15 December 1780; de Ternay was buried in the graveyard of Trinity Church.
Inside Trinity Church, Reverend Richards delivered respectful remarks about Admiral de Ternay to the dignitaries representing both France and the United States. Afterward, assembled dignitaries moved outside to the gravesite of Admiral de Ternay, where dignified salutes were made in his memory by Captain Luc Page, French Navel Attaché, Roger Begin, Rhode Island Honorary French Consul, and Magali Boutiot, Boston French Consul representative, followed by remarks by Captain Dennis Boyer of the U.S. Navy. Next, there followed a silent Wreath laying, assisted by Richard Sheryka, of the Boubournais Regiment; lastly, Taps were played by a U.S. Navy buglar.
Then, at 12:30pm, the Hermione pulled into the Newport dock at Fort Adams. As the Hermione completed this maneuver, the Alliance Française of Newport organized a lunch at OceanCliff resort, nearby, for 300 people, many of whom were able to watch the Hermione sail by with a small fleet of boats including one tall ship, the Lynx. Roger Begin, Honorary Consul General of France to Rhode Island, and Co-Chair Hermione Advisory Committee in Newport greeted the guests and recognized Roseanna Gorham, Co-Chair of the Hermione Advisory Committee in Newport, Dominique Gregoire, President Alliance Française of Providence, Miles Young, President of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. (FOHLA) and Judi Kilachand, FOHLA’s Executive Director. At the lunch, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer gave wonderful remarks and spoke about what America owes the French—especially the values of the Enlightenment captured in our Constitution.
After lunch, the arrival ceremony for the Hermione commenced at Fort Adams, where again the U.S. Navy Band played the French National Anthem and U.S. National Anthem. With opening remarks from Roger Begin, who welcomed all the dignitaries, the Mayor of Newport, Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, welcomed Captain Cariou and the Hermione’s crew, and presented a gift of a city tile to the Captain. Next up was State Senator Teresa Paiva- Weed. Roger Begin recognized Miles Young, President of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. (FOHLA), and proceeded to introduce Fabien Fischer, French Consul General of Boston, who paid tribute to Captain Luc Pages, French Naval Attaché and Hervey Blanched, Mayor of Rocheport, France. Mr. Fischer then introduced Admiral P. Gardner Howe III, President of Naval War College, who spoke of the inspiring example of the Hermione. Mr. Begin then welcomed guests to visit the Hermione and closed the ceremony.
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