On this St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014, it is my great pleasure to share with all readers of st patrick of WALESVictoriaTaft.com, you the true and almost complete history of St. Patrick, with thanks therefor to author/speaker/patriot William J. (Bill) Federer for telling that true story on his www.AmericanMinute.com.

I say “almost complete” (it is complete in Bill Federer’s book on St. Patrick), because it does not make clear that St. Patrick’s home country was not “Britain,” but the nation on that island known then as Cymru, and today as Wales.

Indeed, St. Patrick of Ireland was Welsh-born in Cymru (Wales) to Welsh-speaking Welsh parents. At sixteen he was captured by a slave-raiding party and made a slave for some six years in Ireland, before escaping and returning to his home country, Wales, as is told in more detail in Bill Federer’s book and www.AmericanMinute.com.

Therefore, as a proud American of Welsh descent, as were Founding Father U.S. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams and, among other Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, I salute my Irish Celtic cousins on having the genius to select as their Patron Saint a great Welshman, St. Patrick of Ireland.

Finally, I say on St. Patrick’s Day to all the Celts throughout the world — the Irish, Scots, Welsh, Britons, Manx, and Cornish: The Celts shall rise again–its only a matter of time!

(Rees [a/k/a Rhys] Lloyd is a longtime California civil rights lawyer, veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)