2017 New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

"The pinnacle of awards"
“The pinnacle of awards”

I think it is very important for us, today and on Saint Patrick’s Day, to keep in mind, as we celebrate our own heritage, our own culture and our own background and the Irishness that is inherent in each and every one of us, that we remember how great the United States really is

That it is not a dark and forlorn place, that it is an incubator of opportunity, and that we, all of us in this room, as immigrants, that you cannot write the history of the United States or write the history of New York without writing the history of immigration.

 

Michael Dowling