Obliged to cancel the event in 2020 due to Covid-19, the Chapel held its annual French Alliance Day ceremony on May 2nd.  Owing to Diocesan restrictions, participation was limited to 50 people and attendance was by invitation only. Those invited were representatives of the various patriotic organizations and lineage societies which honor the American Revolution. The solemn Evensong service with professional choir was beautiful and well received.  Rosalyn Fennell, Valley Forge National Historical Park Superintendent, Michael Scullin, the Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia and Wilmington and Thierry Chaunu, President of the American Society of Le Souvenir Français, spoke.

Following the service, Messrs. Scullin and Chaunu, escorted by a Color Guard of the Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, laid two wreaths at the Lafayette plaque on the Porch of the Allies in honor of the French and American soldiers and sailors who died in the struggle for American Independence. The entire service and wreath laying were filmed professionally by Liam and Fionn Reid with the intention of  making this unique ceremony and the important historical event it commemorates better known to the people of both nations.

Following the wreath laying a reception was held in the Bishop White Courtyard.  As one of the participants wrote, “To say that this ceremony was impressive is an understatement. To think it has been held annually for decades is awe-inspiring. And to believe that it will continue for generations to come is a source of profound respect and inspiration.”

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