As readers know, this summer, visitors to Alexandria, Virginia, can explore the French tall ship L’Hermione, an exact replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington with news of full French aid in 1780, helping turn the tide of the American Revolution.
French tall ship L’Hermione has sailed 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from France to the U.S. to commemorate Lafayette’s historic voyage before docking in Alexandria, the ship’s Washington, D.C. port of call on one of 12 iconic stops on its tour.
The ship is arriving overnight in Alexandria, Virginia – sometime between 12:00 midnight at 4:00 AM on the morning of June 10. This is to minimize disruptions in traffic on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge with the raising of the bridge.
On the morning of June 10, at 10:00 AM, there will be a ceremony which includes a welcome from Alexandria Town Crier Ben Fiore-Walker, a Color Guard performance, French National Anthem, American National Anthem, and remarks by the following:
- Miles Young, President of the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America
- Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille
- Senator Mark Warner
- French Defense Attaché, Brigadier General Vincent Cousins
For more information on the Hermione’s visit to Alexandria, Virginia, click this link.