May 7, 2015
An Honor Guard in Revolution-era uniforms was present at the Massachusetts Lafayette Society Ceremony on May 2, 2015 at Hancock’s Wharf in Boston. Photo: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.
Commander Sean D. Kearn, USS Constitution, left; French Consul of Boston, Fabien Fieschi on Hancock’s Wharf. Photo: David Lincoln Ross for Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.
On a bright, sunny May 2, 2015, overlooking Boston Harbor at Hancock’s Wharf, the Massachusetts Lafayette Society (MLS) celebrated the April 27, 1780 arrival of Major General Lafayette on the Hermione, the French “Frigate of Freedom” at the very spot she landed on that fateful day. Alan Hoffman, President of MLS, welcomed Madame Michele Marinthe Vlahos, Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Society of Lafayette, Boston in 1988; David Noonan, MLS; David Wittle, Program Specialist, Boston National Historical Park, Office of Special Park Uses & Events, National Park Service, Charlestown Naval Yard, Boston, MA; Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France in Boston, République Française; and Sean D. Kearn, Commander, USS Constitution, among other distinguished guests in the audience.
Accompanied by an Honor Guard wearing Revolutionary uniforms, the MLS presented to the National Park Service a large Interpretative Panel about Lafayette, the Hermione and the Major General’s arrival in Boston on April 28, 1780. Representing the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., David Lincoln Ross, Editorial Director, gave a short address about the origins of the Hermione Voyage 2015 project and encouraged one and all to be present for Hermione’s return to Boston on July 11-12 and invited supportors to make a donation and follow all the latest news at: www.hermione2015.com
For more information about Hermione’s itinerary, please visit: http://hermione2015.com/history.html#map