On April 4 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Anaheim, CA, members of the Joseph Plunkett-Joe McDonnell (Long Beach), Orange County and San Diego Divisions, joined together to organize and participate in the 99th commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising.
The men who gave their lives in the fight for Irish freedom were honored in a series of presentations, all of which were delivered with poise and compassion. Of particular note were the well-crafted words of guidance for our troubled times from Sister Eymard Flood, and an impeccable recital of the O’Donovan Rossa funeral oration by Tom Raboin. Chris Wittman read the 1916 Roll of Honor and Tristan Wolffe gave an inspired reading of the Easter Proclamation.
Terry McCarthy piped in the procession of flags and Eamon Knuff and Michael Kelly of Sligo Rags provided traditional music and song. AOH brother Mick Byrne delighted the crowd with his stirring and thought-provoking keynote address, while flanked by the dedicated men and women of the 3rd West Cork Brigade. Our thoughts now turn to next year and the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.