Commission Meeting Proclamation

Irish-American Heritage Month Proclamation

WHEREAS, by 1776, nearly 300,000 Irish Nationals had emigrated to the American colonies and played a crucial role in America’s War for Independence; and

WHEREAS, five signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Irish descent, three signers were Irish born; and

WHEREAS, Irish Americans helped to fashion a system of government for our young Nation; and;

WHEREAS, Irish Americans, since America’s inception, have provided and continue to provide leadership and service to this nation’s political, business and religious establishments; and

WHEREAS, twenty-two Presidents have proudly proclaimed their Irish American heritage; and

WHEREAS, three of the Spanish Governors of "La Florida " were actually lrish military officers; and

WHEREAS, Irish born Commodore John Barry was recognized by the United States Congress in September of 2002 as the “First Flag Officer of the United States Navy”; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and the many valuable contributions of Irish Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jim Rietz, Mayor of the Town of Lady Lake, Florida, in recognition of the long history of Irish American contributions to the State of Florida do hereby proclaim the month of March 2023 as:

“Irish American Heritage Month”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Official Seal of the Town of Lady Lake to be affixed this 6th day of March, 2023.


Jim Rietz, Mayor



Nancy Wilson, Town Clerk