UTICA – The Welsh flag was hoisted over Utica City Hall once again Thursday morning.
The flag raising occurs each year on March 1, which is St. David’s Day. St. David was the patron saint of Whales.
The Welsh came to the United States for religious freedom and for land, and many settled in Utica.
Utica has a long history with Welsh immigrants, the first of whom came over in 1801.
“Utica for many years was both the cultural and the literary center of the Welsh Americans in this country,” said Ted Engle, president of the local St. David’s Society. “Publishing was done here, newsletters were sent here, and welsh language newspapers … this became – in this area, across Amerca, Utica was the center of Welsh Americans.”
About 400 people of Welsh ancestry belong to the local St. David’s Society.
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