1916 Easter Rising Commemoration

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 Women of the Easter Rising PinThe “Honor Our History” pins

is a special project of the

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians 

To Honor the Women of the Rising.

The symbolism of the pin is:

The building in the background is the General Post Office in Dublin.

The Pin has a blue background which is the national color of Ireland that acknowledges the independent (and 32-county) Ireland that had existed hundreds of years earlier and should exist now.

The flag is the tri-color which is the national flag of Ireland.

Green – signifying Irish Catholics and the republican cause

White – representing the hope for peace between them and a united Ireland

Orange – standing for Irish Protestants, the North.

The Easter lily in the center of the flag was introduced in 1926 by Cumann na mBan. It was sold to help support the families that had lost loved ones.

The woman is wearing the Cumann na mBan uniform which translates as the Women’s League; Cumann na mBan was originally formed to complement the Irish Volunteers. The women of the Cumann na mBan fought next to the men at the Rising. The Cumann na mBan was officially founded on the 2th April 1914 at a meeting in held Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin led by Agnes O’Farrelly.

She also was inspired by Mollie O’Reilly. On 16 April 1916 the flag of the Irish Republic, with the harp but without the crown, was first raised over the hall; Molly O’Reilly, aged fifteen, unfurled it. Connolly handed the flag to her and said: ‘I hand you this flag as the sacred emblem of Ireland’s unconquered soul’.

Mary Shannon, a machinist at the Liberty Hall shirt-making cooperative, made the flag.

The chain around the pin represents the chains that Kathleen Clarke wore when she was sworn in as the first female Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1939.  Her first action as Lord Mayor was to reject the Lord Mayor’s chain, because it had been presented to the city by William of Orange. A smaller chain, the City Chain, was hastily produced. She said she would wear Her chains till Ireland is free.

Click here to download:  Honor Our History Pin Symbol

Support for a U.S. Postage Stamp Honoring the 1916 Proclamation

ProclamationThe American Irish Teachers Association is working to have a commemorative stamp issued in recognition of the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  Such recognition is not without precedent, in 1989 the U.S. Postal Service recognized the 200th Anniversary of France’s Bastille Day and the start of the French Revolution, it is equally fitting that the Easter Rising should similarly be commemorated.  Though often absent from school history books, Ireland was an early and unfailing supporter of the fledgling United State as noted by George Washington: “Ireland, thou friend of my country in my country’s most friendless days, much injured, much enduring land, accept this poor tribute from one who esteems thy worth, and mourns thy desolation. May the God of Heaven, in His justice and mercy, grant thee more prosperous fortunes, and in His own time, cause the sun of Freedom to shed its benign radiance on the Emerald Isle.” It is therefore right and fitting that the USPS should recognize the Centenary of the start of the “the sun of Freedom to shed its benign radiance on the Emerald Isle.”

The proposed model for the stamp would have illustrations of the Declaration of Independence and the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic flanking the Light of Liberty under a banner containing the words “Liberty’s Legacy.”

 Click Here for Sample Letter for 1916 Stamp.  Certainly such a worthy project is worth a few minutes time and a stamp to see that the rebirth of the Irish Nation, a constant friend to the United States,  is celebrated.