The citizens of Ireland today celebrated the festive and ‘St. Patrick’s Day.’
St. Patrick’s Day is the annual holiday honoring the patron saint of Ireland where millions are taking their passion for Ireland and Celtic culture.
On the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent her best wishes to the people of Ireland as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
“Today, we honor the rich history and cultural heritage of the Irish people and reflect on the bonds of friendship and family between our two nations.” -Ms. Clinton
Irish contributions to America have shaped American culture from the founding of our nation, Ms. Clinton said.
She notes that eight of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were Irish-Americans and half of American Presidents have been of Irish descent.
Countless Irish-Americans fought bravely during the Civil War, giving their lives for a better America, Ms. Clinton noted.
“Throughout our society, Irish Americans have contributed in ways large and small to the bedrock of American life.” -Ms. Clinton
She stresses that the depth and scope of Irish influence throughout the world is immeasurable and exemplifies your rich history and culture.
“As you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in cities from Dublin to Detroit, know that the United States stands with you. Congratulations and best wishes for a year of peace and prosperity.” -Ms. Clinton
St. Patrick’s Day commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387-461), the most prominent and commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
The celebration is also widely and prominently celebrated by the Irish diaspora, particularly Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is said to be the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world.