Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Marquis de Lafayette Day Proclaimed by County Commissioners

Pictured (l-r) are Fayette County Commissioners Eric Maxwell, Herb Frady, Lee Hearn, James Waldrop Chapter DAR Vice Regent Linda Robinson, James Waldrop Chapter DAR Commemorative Chairman Susan Sloan, and Robert Horgan.

At the recent Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting, September 6 was proclaimed Marquis de Lafayette Day in Fayette County.

The French Marquis was one of America's early champions for the fight for independence and liberty.  Offering his services to the Continental Congress in 1777, Lafayette was instrumental in obtaining the entry of France into the war on the side of the Americans.

His devotion to the American causes of freedom and liberty was summed up in his speech to congress in 1825 when he said, "I have stayed faithful to the American Principle of liberty, equality, true social order to which I have been devoted since my youth, and which til my last breath will be a sacred duty to me."

Receiving the proclamation were members of the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.  The James Waldrop Chapter DAR celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Paris and Lafayette's  September 6th birthday each year with a Lafayette Dinner.  The James Waldrop Chapter DAR is chartered in Fayetteville.

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