Dear Sister and Brother Hibernians:
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is building a memorial honoring Commodore John Barry at the US Naval Academy. A native of Wexford, Ireland, he is being honored because of his heroic service in the American Revolution; he was the first commissioned naval officer by President Washington, and is recognized by law as the first flag officer of the US Navy.
The first phase of the project was completed on January 6th with the installation of the Barry arch over the new pedestrian gate. It is now known as the Barry Gate.
The second phase of the project requires our raising funds to erect the 8-foot high memorial honoring Commodore Barry inside the new Barry Gate. This is the most expensive part of the project. We have reached the half-way point in climbing up the steep, challenging fundraising mountain of $200,000.00. We need to conclude fundraising by mid-year.
We urgently need your help. Before any work or construction can begin, we have to pay up front the total cost of the Project to the Naval Academy.
After the Barry Memorial is built, we plan to publish a booklet on the Project. In the booklet we will list the names of each individual as well as each division, board and organization that contributed to this historic effort. By enrolling as a contributor you and your future generations can point out with honorable pride to future family members that their ancestors answered the call and contributed to help make the Barry Memorial a reality. It can create a noble sense of family pride as the story passes down the generations. We hope you individually, and your organizations will join the list of contributors.
Hibernian Charity is the AOH’s 501(c)3 organization and they assumed the responsibility to receive all of the needed funds. All checks are to be made out to Hibernian Charity Barry Project. All donations are tax deductible. The attached literature provides details. Please feel free to make hard copies and/or distribute it by e-mail to fellow Hibernians as well as friends and colleagues.
Thank you for your help and support.
John E. McInerney Jack O’Brien
National Co-Chairman National Co-Chairman
To the Editor:
Through the National Hibernian Digest I write to thank all the Brothers and supporters of Commodore John Barry Div. 2, Syracuse, NY, for their outstanding support once again to the Christmas Appeal. In spite of these hard economic times they have, the second year running raised $2,000 for the Appeal. Once again the money will go to the objectives and beliefs we as Hibernians uphold and are as follows.
• The Finuance Center, $500 to assist in the pursuance of truth and justice in Ireland.
• Coiste, $1,000 helping ex-prisoners and their families in employment and education, etc
• Ionad Uibh Eachach, the Irish language school in Belfast, $500 for the furtherance and promotion of the Irish language.
Thank you, all my Brothers.
FFAI Chair Geordy Austin,
Commodore John Barry Division 2, Syracuse, NY
Cardinal Dougherty losses omitted
To the Editor
It has come to the attention of Cardinal Dougherty Alumni members of the Order that there was an omission in the March-April issue of the Digest when it was neglected to mention in the editorial about High Schools who lost high numbers of alumni that Cardinal Dougherty also lost 27 members during the Vietnam War.
In our motto,
President Division 25 (Cardinal Dougherty Alumni Div.)