A plaque commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland will be unveiled today in Washington, DC. The plaque contains the wording of the Easter Rising Proclamation and will be placed in the Washington Monument.
This plaque, a gift from the President and people of Ireland, will join memorial plaques from all 50 states and 17 foreign countries that are in the Washington Monument.
(Irish) Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has travelled to the US for the unveiling.
“This plaque will now be visible to the public for the first time and honours the connection to George Washington and the fight for Independence.
“This rare honour celebrates the shared heritage of our two nations and reminds us of our precious friendship and ties,” Minister Moran said.
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has worked with the US Department of the Interior and the US National Parks Service to help secure permission for the plaque. He will also attend the unveiling.
“I am delighted to have been invited to the Washington Monument to see the plaque unveiling. This is a great honour for Ireland and shows the strong and enduring friendship between Ireland and the United States,” Senator Daly said.
The Washington Monument has been closed to the public since 2016 for repairs and upgrades. It will be reopened in a ceremony tomorrow. Among the attendees will be First Lady Melania Trump as well as the two Irish officials.