US memorial for John Barry
WEXFORD-BORN Commodore John Barry, the U.S. Navy's first commissioned officer under the American Constitution, will be honoured with a memorial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis during the autumn.
However, the actual dedication of the Barry Memorial will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Barry, the Tacumshane native and hero of the American Revolution, was recognised in 2005 by the U.S. Congress as 'the first flag officer of the United States Navy'.
When Congress established the US Navy in 1794, President George Washington appointed Barry as its head, passing on to him the immense challenge of laying the foundation for what would become the world's mightiest naval force.
In January, Hibernian officials presented a cheque to the USNA Alumni Foundation to pay the final cost of the granite and bronze memorial honouring Commodore Barry.
AOH (Ancient Order of Hiberians) National President, Brendan Moore appointed Past National President and Maryland resident Joseph Roche to serve as the AOH's Dedication Committee Chairman.
'The Naval Academy is very enthusiastic about the Commodore Barry Memorial,' said Roche.
'They want to hold a first-class, dignified dedication ceremony.'
The reason for the long period of time between the installation of the Barry Memorial and its formal dedication is due construction taking place near the memorial's site.