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Celebrating John Ericsson's Birthday, Tuesday, July 31, 2007

PROGRAM




The John Ericsson Society, New York and the Greenpoint Monitor Museum annually commemorate John Ericsson's birthday, July 31, 1803, with a ceremony at the John Ericsson monument in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan, NYC. In recognition of the importance of this event Eliot Spitzer, Governor of the State of New York, and Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, proclaimed July 31, 2007 as John Ericsson Day in the State of New York and in the City of New York respectively. The Proclamations were presented during the program.

Greetings were presented from:
Note: Jämtlands fältjägarregemente (Jämtland Field Ranger Regiment) was the Regiment in which John Ericsson, Kjell Lagerstrom (President Emeritus) and Leif Brisfjord (Current President of John Ericsson Society, New York) received their military training. The Regiment was commissioned more then three hundred years ago.


MUSIC


Arthur Kirmss

Visitors
John Ericsson Monument, Battery Park, New York

"Oh! Give Us a Navy of Iron" - song written for Captain John Ericsson and the USS Monitor 1862.
Words by D. Brainerd Williamson, music by James W. Porter

O give us a navy of iron
And to man it our Yankee lads
And we'll conquer the world's broad oceans
With our navy of iron clads
Then adieu to Britannia's power
We'll crush it whenever we please
The lion shall yeld to the eagle
And Columbia shall rule the sea's

Old England the foe of our fathers
The foe of their children today
Is gloating in hopes that our Union
In darkness is passing away
But treason shall die in its ashes
And stronger than ever before
We'll turn on the jealous old tyrant
And punish John bull at his door
And where in the wide world a nation
That could cope with out iron jacks!
We would sweep all their seas and harbors
Of their warriors and Merrimacs
Then give us a navy of iron
And we'll fling our flag to the breeze
And prove to the despots of Europe
That freedom must reign on the seas.

Refrain
O give us a navy of iron
And to man it our Yankee lads
And we'll conquer the world's broad oceans
With our navy of iron clads
Then adieu to Britannia's power
We'll crush it whenever we please
The lion shall yeld to the eagle

And Columbia shall rule the sea's




http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/hasm.a4992/pg.1/


Free version of "Oh! Give Us a Navy of Iron" on the Internet:
http://www.pdmusic.org/civilwar2/62oguanoi.mid

More free music on the Internet:
http://www.pdmusic.org/
http://www.pdmusic.org/civilwar2.html


WELCOME


Arthur Kirmss and George J. Weinmann

Visitors
John Ericsson Monument, Battery Park, New York



REMARKS


Janice Lauletta-Weinmann


Irene Klementowich

Ruth Bird


Lars Nielsen


NEW YORK CITY PROCLAMATION
The New York City Proclamation 2007


Brian G. Andersson



NEW YORK STATE PROCLAMATION

Captain John Ericsson lived and worked in the area of New York City now included in State Assembly District No. 75. The John Ericsson Society New York acknowledges and thanks Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, representative of the District for Assembly Resolution No. 968 Memorizing Governor Eliot Spitzer to proclaim July 31, 2007 as John Ericsson Day in the State of New York.

The New York State Proclamation 2007


Leif G. Brisfjord


As President of John Ericsson Society, New York, I am Privileged, Proud and Pleased to Present the New York State Proclamation of July 31, 2007 as John Ericsson Day.


Inez L. Brisfjord
Displays New York State Proclamation




PLACING OF WREATH


Janice and George Weinmann
Placing the Wreath


The Wreath


BLESSING


Pastor Ib Pihlblad
Reading a UN Prayer



MUSIC


Arthur Kirmss
"Sailors Hornpipe" - played on the Piccolo Recorder (Flute)




Free version of "Sailors Hornpipe" on the Internet:
http://wilstar.com/midi/sailpipe.htm

More free music on the Internet:
http://wilstar.com
http://wilstar.com/midi


DINNER

Dinner at Stone Street, Lower Manhattan
Historical Landmark Since 1839



LINKS:
Celebrating John Ericssons Birthday 1959
Celebrating John Ericssons Birthday 1961
Celebrating John Ericssons Birthday 2003



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Date, created: 08/01/2007Categories: Battery Park, Celebration, John Ericsson, John Ericsson Day, Monument, New York, USA, 2007
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