Division honors Heritage and Military

Of the 3,464 Medals of Honor awarded as of September 17, 2009, an estimated 2,018 have been awarded to Irish-American recipients. 

Each year, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, comprised solely of Medal of Honor recipients, gathers in a different city in the United States to celebrate its annual convention. During this time, the recipients assemble to honor and remember all who have served our country and to further the brotherhood among one another. This year, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was chosen as the site for the convention.  More than 50 Medal of Honor Recipients attended this year’s convention.

Recipients of the United States’ highest medal for valor traveled from across the country to share their unique bond of heroism, sacrifice and patriotism; pay tribute to those who have gone before them; and welcome new recipients from recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

 “It is important to remember our history, and to remember those who fought for the liberties that many of us take for granted,” said Robert J. Monahan, president and CEO of the convention. “As the location of one of the most crucial turning points in the evolution of our nation, Gettysburg inherently has the historic significance to host this 150th milestone for our soldiers.”

  The Congressional Medal of Honor Society convened for its annual convention September 18-22, 2013. 

 A.O.H. General William Thompson (Cumberland 2) Division, decided to take the bull by the horns and offer their services to coordinate volunteers for the autograph session. Taking their vision to active duty components and Veteran Service Organizations, they managed to obtain more than 60 volunteers for the day acting as greeters, ambassadors, security and media. To cement ties in the area and outreach to Veterans they combined efforts with the local Marine Corps League. Organizations who stepped up to handle this responsibility and honor to serve those who served, were the AOH, Clan Irwin Association, the Scottish American Military Society, the Marine Corps League, active duty Soldiers, Marines and Airmen, JROTC cadets, US Army Reserve Ambassadors,  PA VFW leadership, the Sons of the American Legion PA leadership, and the American Legion.

 Tom Kane President of Cumberland 2 adds “Thanks to all our comrades in arms for volunteering. Without your dedication to share part of yourself, to give without asking makes us honored to stand with you. The success of an accomplished mission would not have happened without you. With so many Irish and Irish Americans being presented with this the greatest honor to a service member, we feel it not only promotes our support to the military but honors our heritage.”  

The convention concluded with the passing of the Medal of Honor flag to the Medal of Honor Foundation’s Knoxville, Tennessee delegation, who will host the convention in 2014.

Parade kicked off

Gen. Wm. Thompson Honor Guard leads the AOH/Irish Division of the 2013 Saint Patrick's Day in Harrisburg PHOTO by DAVE THOMAS

Despite the weather the Harrisburg Saint Patrick’s Day Parade kicked off at 2:00 and was considered a success.  The General William Thompson Division provided the honor guard for the 1st division, the Irish and AOH division for the parade, photo coverege of the event was provided by our Associate member, Dave Thomas.
Perhaps even more important was the celebration of the Mass at 10:00 at Saint Lawrence Chapel, celebrated by Father Clark with Jacquie Turk providing her rendition of “Our Lady of Knock”.  Father commented how people come to this Mass just to hear her sing.
The Division Honor Guard four strong provided escort for the Mass Celebrants in the chapel.
The perfect way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  Giving thanks and praise.

Irish Saints for March


-1- Senan, Colm, Baodán
-2- Lughaidh, Conall, Cuan, Finnian, Sléibhín
-3- Conall, Killian, Fachtna
-4- –
-5- Ciarán, Carthach
-6- Cairbre, Brigid, Odhrán, Muadhán
-7- –
-8- Seanán, Ciarán, Cronan, Siadha,l Conan, Beoaodh Mochonna
-9- Brigid, Lughaidh, Proinnseas, Séadna
-10- Séadna, Colman, Fáilbhe, Kessog
-11- Aonghas
-12- Killian, Daghán
-13- Mochamhóg
-14- Flannan, Ultan, Caomhán
-15- Eoghan
-16- Fionán, Aodhán, Bairfhionn (Barrion), Abbán
-17- Patrick, Becan, Faoiltiarn, Tiarnach
-18- Conall, Comyn, Maodhóg, Caomhán, Tommán
-19- Lachtín
-20- Aodhán, Conan Fergus
-21- Éanna
-22- Fáilbhe
-23- Fergus, Mannix, Ciannait
-24- Lughaidh, Manchán, Mochta
-25- Caimín, Colm
-26- Carthach, Cormac, Garbhán, Killian –
27- Fintan, Mochonna
-28- Conall, Cairneach
-29- Fergus, Aodhán, Eithne
-30- Fergus, Colman, Mochua, Tóla
-31- Faolán

Declaration from the Holy Father





Dear Brothers,


I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.  I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.


Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects.  And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.


From the Vatican, 10 February 2013