Saturday, July 11, 2015
French Citizens on holiday visiting Boston, French-Americans who emigrated and a horde of Francophiles and tourists all gathered at Rowe's Wharf this morning after a short parade from Faneuil Hall to formally welcome The Hermione to our city. A replica of the 18th century ship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette from France with the secret message that France would support an American Revolution will be here all weekend and is open to the public.
Historians agree that without the aid of the French and the particular fervor of Lafayette we probably would have not won that war. So, it was a great day to join the French Consulate, Mayor Marty Walsh, United States Navy forces and a cast of hundreds participating in the ceremony in full costume saluting and celebrating the historic alliance. And the ship is an absolute French beauty!
The Hermione will be open on Sunday, July 12 from 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. for public viewing but we suggest you get there early. The lines today were winding for blocks around the Seaport area. There are also a several tents on the Greenway with information and historical exhibits. And LOTS of cool French tourists to meet!