Commodore Barry Commemoration
September 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
This year’s Commodore John Barry Commemoration , the true Father of the U.S. Navy, hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Fairfield County Board along with Naval Veterans Club, Port 5 will be held on Saturday September 7th.
Our program at Perry Green on Southport Harbor (Harbor Road, Southport) begins at 10AM.
Keynote speaker will be CDR Paul Malcarne (USN) Executive Officer at US Naval War College (Newport, RI).
The ceremony includes the GAC Pipe Band, K of C Color Guard as well as the Port 5 Color Guard.
A luncheon follows at
Port 5 Naval Veteran’s Club.
69 Brewster St, Bridgeport, CT 06605
Did you know that the founder of the United States Navy was an Irishman?
The first flag officer and founder of the United States Navy was an Irishman named John Barry.
Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, said in his eulogy at Barry’s graveside, “He was born in Ireland, but America was the object of his devotion and the theater of his usefulness.”
Born in County Wexford, Ireland in 1745, Barry is the holder of the first commission to the United States Navy under President George Washington. A holiday of the Order nationally for the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Commodore Barry Day was officially commemorated by President Ronald Regan in 1981. Regan said of the day, “a tribute to one of the earliest and greatest American Patriots, a man of great insight who perceived very early the need for American power on the sea.”
After the American Revolution, Barry would become the first commissioned officer of the United States Navy. It would be under his direction that the great frigates of the United States including the USS Constitution would be built. Under his leadership, the finest naval heroes of the young American Navy would be trained.