The tri-colored Irish flag is flying high above City Hall in honor of Irish-American Heritage Week in the City of Federal Way.
Local community members hosted a ceremony to raise the Irish flag on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and the Federal Way City Council proclaimed the week of March 15-19 as Irish-American Heritage Week in the city. He also urged community members to participate in safe and appropriate celebrations with COVID-19 protocols in mind.
Community member Craig Patrick, an organizer of the event, said Federal Way has a rich diversity that includes many people of Irish descent.
Seattle’s Bagpiper Neil Hubbard also performed at the event for about 20 attendees, most of who came dressed in items of green.
Donning shamrock earrings, Rose Ehl was honored as the most Irish-looking person at the event by Patrick and awarded an Irish sash. Patrick also honored Paul Savino as a person who demonstrates Irish values in everyday life.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in March 1762 in New York City. As Irish immigrants found refuge in America, they were met with discrimination and resistance, Ferrell said.
“Irish-Americans showed grit and determination working their way up in the world,” he said. “The Irish brought with them their rich legacy of their country. They brought a burning determination to advance their lives and a fierce regard for what is right and just.”
The Irish flag will fly above City Hall through March 19.