CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE AND THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS 250TH BIRTHDAY
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The City of Lafayette, the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General of France in San Francisco have joined in honoring Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert Du Motier, also known as General Lafayette, born September 6, 1757, during a céremony hosted by the City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Hotel Park & Spa.
Read Consul Genral Mourier’s remarks :
General Lafayette is the namesake of not only Lafayette, CA, but also over thirty cities and counties in the United States many of whom will also be planning celebrations this year.
As a 19-year-old French officer, Lafayette sailed to America and joined General Washington in Philadelphia as both a general and a diplomat, serving entirely without pay in both roles. His friendship with Washington, his bravery, and his passion for America’s struggle for independence earned him the reputation as “the soldier’s friend. “
A party was held on September 6 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. The program will included period costumed actors, music performed by Generations in Jazz, French hors d’oeuvres prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef Chuck Courtney, French champagne donated by the Consulate, a historic display presented by the Lafayette Historical Society, drawings of the new “Lafayette Mural” Project presented by Lafayette’s two Rotary Clubs, along with proclamations and short speeches. The evening has concluded with a birthday cake, of course.