Ceremony Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Lafayette Statue

  • 16 May 2017
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mount Vernon Place, South Square

Join the Conservancy and numerous dignitaries in the South Square the evening of May 16th for a ceremony commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Groundbreaking for the impressive statue of Lafayette in Mount Vernon Place.

Giant French and American flags raised on Baltimore City Fire Department trucks will adorn the space, and Mayor Catherine Pugh, Consul General Michel Charbonnier of the French Embassy, and Col. Robert Dalessandro, the Chairman of the National World War I Centennial Commission, and others, will speak.

Music will be provided by a brass quintet from the The Maryland Defense Force Band MDDF BAND, who will perform the American and French national anthems, and after a wreath is presented, both Taps and Aux Morts.

Join us for this historic event on May 16th at 5pm in Mount Vernon Place's South Square! The ceremony is open to the public. In the event of rain the ceremony will move into the Engineers Club on West Mount Vernon Place.

100 years ago, shortly after the United States entered World War I, a delegation of French dignitaries visited Washington DC to coordinate with American leadership on the war effort. As a symbol of the important friendship between the two nations, the delegation then visited Baltimore to break ground for Mount Vernon Place’s new statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French military officer who became a hero in the American Revolution.

After the groundbreaking in the East Square, it was thought that Lafayette deserved a more prominent place in Mount Vernon Place. As plans progressed, the statue’s site was moved to the South Square, where everyone travelling north on Charles Street would see it silhouetted against the Washington Monument. Carrère & Hastings were hired to redesign all the squares in Mount Vernon Place in the popular City Beautiful style – which is what we see today! The Lafayette statue was dedicated in 1924.

Mt. Vernon Belvedere Association

1 East Chase Street #2

Baltimore, Md 21202

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