Patrick Fletcher, 1852 - 1927 my maternal great grandfather on my Dads side. This was taken in Missouri in the 1920's and it is the only picture I know that exists.
Legend about St. Patrick
He drove snakes out of Ireland
St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity
to the pre Christian Irish people
Facts about St. Patrick:
Born in Britian in the fifth century.
At sixteen years of age was kidnaped and taken to Ireland to become a slave.
He stated that he was told by God in a vision to flee and return to Britian.
Joined the church and studied to become a priest.
Converted MANY royality and poor to Christ.
After 30 years of teaching he died on March 18, 461 AD.
In 1903 St Patricks Day became an official holiday.
This holiday remains a religious holiday in Ireland.
I really think all the parades and dressing up are great, but you know sometimes its just nice to really know who the holiday is celebrating.
I am certainly proud to be part Irish and will be wearin the greeen.