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Sunday, March 19, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Parade Season 2017


Yonkers Division Marches in Local
St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Division #1 Marching Past St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC Parade

     The Ancient Order of Hibernians often refers to the month of March as the “High Holy Season” and for good reason, as the members of Division #1 Yonkers participated in four St. Patrick’s Day Parades within a 7 day span this year.  The Division once again marched with pride and dignity and was also able to help honor 2 members who were selected as Aides to the Grand Marshal in New York City and Yonkers.

     The White Plains and Sleepy Hollow Parades on March 11th and 12th were held despite bitter cold weather with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees.  Division #1 nevertheless proudly marched in both with a proud display of dedication and determination.

Father & Son March together!  Arthur Doran Jr. with Arthur Doran III

     This year Division #1 marched in the 256th Annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade where several inches of snow which had blanketed the city only 2 days before March 17th.  The NYC Sanitation Department did a wonderful job clearing the parade route.


Division #1 Prepares to Step Off in the 256th NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

     This year was very special as Division #1 President Kevin Ellis was chosen as the Westchester County Aide to the Grand Marshal.  President Ellis greeted the Division as they came up 5th Avenue and marched with them as they passed the reviewing stand.

Division President Kevin Ellis - Aide to the Grand Marshal


Kevin Ellis greeting Division #1 as they march up 5th Avenue in NYC

     The very next day, Division #1 participated in the 62nd Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where Cardinal Timothy Dolan was selected as the parade Grand Marshal.  Sean McEvoy was chosen as the Aide to the Grand Marshal for his years of dedication to Division #1 and the entire Yonkers Irish Community.  This was a very well deserved and overdue honor and we couldn’t be more proud of Sean on this day!

Cardinal Dolan Celebrates Yonkers Parade Mass at St. Barnabas Church

2017 Yonkers Parade Parade Grand Marshal Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Division #1 Yonkers Member Sean McEvoy was Aide to the Grand Marshal



     The Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade was founded by Division #1 Yonkers in 1955.  The Division now assists the Parade Committee with unit formation and then takes it place of honor as the last marching unit to come up the Emerald Mile each year.

The AOH Division #1 Founded the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1955

     Thanks to all the members who make the effort to march in all of our parades each and every year!  We are already looking "down the road" to next years St. Patrick's Day Parade Season!


Division #1 Yonkers in the 256th Annual NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade




Friday, March 17, 2017

Annual St. Patrick's Day Message


HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Today Marks the 256th Annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade



The oldest, largest, and grandest parade in the world!


As has become customary, we reprint our St. Patrick’s Day Message first printed in the commemorative book 

“250 Years of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”



"For 256 years we've marched, through adverse times and weather.  We've marched in this sacred parade through years of occupation, persecution, and poverty.



 We've marched through years of famine, war, discrimination and hate; years of working the killing jobs that no one else would take.

 We triumphed over all with a courageous and joyful spirit that is uniquely Irish.



 Through it all we survived and never wavered; we held the banner high; we never let the standard drop.


 And as always, we marched.



 Today we remember the millions of marchers who came before us, those magnificent Irish souls whose struggles have given us all we have today.  We pray for them, we honor them; and we ask God to grant us the grace to always be as strong as they were.



  On this momentous day let us rededicate ourselves to the struggle.  May we always band together to help each other, and bravely fight to overcome the world's adversities.  May we always hold the banner high and never drop the standard.  And may we teach our children and our children's children to do the same.


Whatever the future brings, let us meet it with the hope, faith and happiness of our forebears.



And always…..LET US MARCH."



May God bless this parade, all who march in it, and all those who work to maintain, preserve and protect the spirit and message of St. Patrick’s Day.

The Officers and Members also wish to congratulate our Division President Kevin Ellis as he serves today as the Westchester County Aide to the Grand Marshal in today's NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade!





Friday, March 10, 2017

Irish History Report for March 2017

Irish Historian’s Report


Division One is honored to share Irish History articles provided by The National Historian of The Ancient Order of Hibernians



A TALE OF TWO O’HARES

By Mike McCormack


     Here are two stories and both are absolutely true – and worth reading!  The first began on 5 September 1893 when a son was born in St. LouisMO to Irish-American parents Patrick Joseph and Cecilia Malloy O'Hare. Then named him Edward and he grew up to be a successful lawyer. He married Selma Louth who gave him three children: Edward (1914), Patricia (1919) and Marilyn (1924).  In 1927, Edward moved to Chicago in hope of finding a better life. At the time, Al Capone virtually owned the city and was involved in everything from bootleg booze to prostitution. Capone needed a good lawyer and Eddie fit the bill. Nicknamed 'Easy Eddie', he was very good at legal maneuvering and keeping Big Al out of jail.  O'Hare and Capone began collaborating in business and to show his appreciation, Capone paid him well and Eddie got special dividends, like a fenced-in mansion in luxurious Holly Hills with live-in help and all the conveniences of the day.

Al Capone with "Easy" Eddie O'Hare

     Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the crime that went on around him.  He did have one soft spot, however, and that was his son who he loved dearly.  Eddie saw to it that his son had everything he needed from the best clothes to a good education. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth, there were two things he couldn't give him – a good name and good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. To rectify wrongs he had done, he decided to go to the authorities and tell the truth about 'Scarface' Al Capone, clean up his family name and offer his son some semblance of integrity. He decided to secretly become an informant for the IRS and it was with his help that the government convicted and imprisoned Capone for income tax evasion. IRS agent Frank J. Wilson called Eddie one of the best undercover men I have ever known.  Eddie testified against Capone, knowing that he was putting himself in harm’s way. In 1939, a week before Capone was released from Alcatraz; O'Hare was driving home in his black 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr coupe. At the intersection of Ogden and Rockwell, two shotgun-wielding gunmen in a dark sedan drove alongside and fired a volley into his car. O'Hare was killed instantly.  He died knowing that he had given his son the greatest gift he could offer – integrity – at the greatest price he could pay. Among his final effects, Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a religious medallion and a poem that read:

"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power
 to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.'"

New Reports of the Murder of Eddie O'Hare

     The second O’Hare story occurred years later during World War II – a war that produced many heroes. One such was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. Heart-to-heart talks with his father, who was fascinated with flying and had even hitched a ride in Charles Lindbergh's mail plane, inspired Butch to become a Navy pilot. A friend of his father’s, Congressman John J. Cochran, had appointed Butch to the U.S. Naval Academy. He became a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. On 20 February, 1942, his squadron was sent on a mission. Once airborne, his saw that his crew chief had forgotten to top off his tank. Without enough fuel to complete the mission and return, his flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back. On his return he saw something that turned his blood cold – a squadron of Japanese ‘Betty’ bombers speeding toward the American fleet.



Eddie "Butch" O'Hare in his F4 Wildcat Fighter Plane

     The American fighters were gone on a sortie and the fleet was all but defenseless. Butch couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time, nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from their course. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese bombers with wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazing, attacking one surprised enemy plane after another.  He wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until his ammunition was finally spent.  Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the bombers, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many of them as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.  Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction trying to flee this ‘crazy’ American pilot. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered Grumman F-4F Wildcat fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon reporting in, he related the events surrounding his return. The film from the gun-mounted camera on his plane verified the tale. It showed the extent of his daring attempt to protect the fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft and damaged another.  For his heroism Butch O’Hare became the Navy's first Ace of WWII and the first Naval Aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress.

Edward O'Hare receives the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt

     A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. After the war, on April 19, 1947, 70 years ago this month, Col. Robert McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, proposed that Chicago's new airport be named for the naval hero, who had often visited his father in their city. On September 17, 1949, O'Hare Airport was dedicated to Edward H. "Butch" O'Hare.  So, the next time you find yourself at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying a Grumman F-4F, a statue of Butch and his Medal of Honor. It's exhibited in the west end of Terminal 2 behind the security checkpoint.

The Edward "Butch" O'Hare Memorial at O'Hare Airport in Chicago


Now, what do these two O’Hares have in common?  
Butch was 'Easy Eddie's' son!  (Pretty cool, eh!) 

DIVISION OFFICERS


Chaplain

Rev. Matt Janeczko OFM

President
Kevin Ellis

Vice President
Jim Walsh

Recording Secretary

Robert Eggen

Financial Secretary
Dan Mulvey

Treasurer
Mike Morley

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Committee

Dennis O'Brien

Marshal
Ronan O'Brien

Sentinel
Scott McGown

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