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Our assiduous SOS sends greetings to every friend and ally on their national days.  I only post the ones with some kind of special significance.  So, in honor of our shared Welsh roots, here are Hillary’s greetings on St. David’s Day!

On the Occasion of St. David’s Day in Wales

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 29, 2012

 


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Wales as you celebrate St. David’s Day this March 1.

This is an opportunity to reaffirm the strong bonds that unite us and to reflect on the rich and varied contributions Welsh people have made to America over the centuries. Several of our founding fathers – including former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams – were able to claim Welsh ancestry. Today, almost two million people living in the U.S. can trace their roots back to Wales. I am proud to say that I am one of them.

But there is far more to our enduring relationship than our heritage. Today, we enjoy shared values, extensive cultural exchange, and benefit from a vibrant trade in goods, services and knowledge. As we continue to deepen these ties, our friendship will only grow stronger.

As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, know that the United States is committed to strengthening our partnership as we work together to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for all our people.

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As an American of Welsh descent, I love this. My great-grandfather came here as a little boy from the Isle of Anglesea. At the northern end of that island, there is a Hillary Point. 😉

Secretary Clinton, Happy St. David’s Day to you, too!

On the Occasion of St. David’s Day in Wales


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 1, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Wales as they celebrate St. David’s Day on March 1. This is an opportunity to honor the culture and history of the Welsh people and reaffirm our enduring bonds of friendship.

As an American of Welsh descent, I have always had a special place in my heart for Wales – both the beauty of its land and the determination of its people. Welsh-Americans have contributed to the culture and prosperity of the United States since our earliest days. American Presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Calvin Coolidge traced their heritage to Wales, as did icons like Frank Lloyd-Wright and Bette Davis.

Today, the United States and Wales are united by our shared values, history, and aspirations for a brighter future for all our people. Our businesses trade together, our educators and scientists collaborate in classrooms and laboratories, and our people crisscross the Atlantic as friends and family. I know many Americans are looking forward to visiting Wales this October for the Ryder Cup competition in Newport.

So in honor of this St. David’s Day, let me offer our warmest wishes to the people of Wales.

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