Irish flag raised above a snowy Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Irish national flag was raised above Utica City Hall, Thursday, as a symbol of the Irish Heritage Celebration this month.

The flag was blessed by this year's parade Grand Marshal, Sister Maureen Denn, while bagpipes played during the raising.

"As we anticipate the celebration of great St. Patrick, of whom we are very proud, we raise the flag, bless the flag, and hopefully we will remember what our ancestors have been through," the Sister said. "All of the struggles of Ireland, what they passed on to us, fidelity to their faith, determination in a fight for freedom, and here we are generations later celebrating the holy day of Saint Patrick."

The celebration is not only for the 36 million Americans who claim and Irish Heritage, but also every American, who can celebrate Ireland by default on St. Patty's Day. 

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