Fayetteville honors namesake September 10th
Fayetteville, NC – In 1825, the Revolutionary War hero marquis de Lafayette visited Fayetteville during his “Grand Tour” of the United States. Fayetteville was the first city named after Lafayette and the only namesake city he visited on his grand tour.
Today, Fayetteville celebrates the birth of the French nobleman with a variety of events on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Although his actual birthday is September 6th, the weekend after Labor Day has been designated for this public observance.
Both the US Congress and the NC House of Representatives recognize the significance of this celebration. In 2007, the United States Congress issued a proclamation that declared Fayetteville is “where North Carolina Celebrates Lafayette’s Birthday.” In 2011, the NC House of Representatives issued statement that proclaims that “the celebration held every September in Fayetteville as North Carolina’s official Lafayette Birthday Celebration.”
“Lafayette is considered the “Hero of Two Worlds” because of his participation in the American and French Revolutions as a military leader, diplomat, negotiator, and fierce advocate of freedom for all men,” said Representative Diane Parfitt in her comments on the NC House floor. “Although a nobleman, he readily embraced the ideas of liberty and equality for all men.”
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