Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "The entire world celebrates the rich history and heritage of the people of Ireland each year on St. Patrick's Day.
"It is rightfully so.
"The Irish community is 34 million people strong in the United States. They and their ancestors have left an indelible mark on our country.
"From Boston to Chicago to California, they have made rich contributions to the culture, politics, literature, and art of the United States. Back in my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, this day is always special because it celebrates the city's vibrant Irish-American heritage.
"But today's celebration is not just about what the Irish have brought to the United States. It's also about how the United States feels a special kinship with Ireland, its people, its government, and its history.
"The Irish have rightly earned a global reputation as a people committed to social justice, economic opportunity, and peaceful coexistence.
"As Ireland and the United States celebrate 90 years of diplomatic relations this year, today also stands as a reminder of the deep bonds of friendship that unite our two peoples in common cause.
"On this special day, I join the entire world in celebrating all peoples of the Emerald Isle.
"Erin go bragh!" ~ Secretary of State John Kerry