DATE: Saturday, August 21
TIME: 3:30 PM
STAGE: Miller Lite Stage
Join us Saturday, August 21 at the Miller Lite Stage for a special ceremony to recognize and honor those who worked, and continue to work, on the front lines during the pandemic. We are beyond grateful for their service. Go raibh míle maith agat [thanks a million]!
Includes a short presentation, music from the Celtic band RUNA, and recognition to frontline workers.
FREE ADMISSION FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS
Saturday, August 21: Frontline workers will receive free admission to Irish Fest between 2:00pm and 3:30pm. Go to any Gate Ticket Window to claim one complimentary ticket to Irish Fest. The Frontline Workers Recognition Ceremony will begin at 3:30pm at the Miller Lite Stage. Special commemorative coins will also be available to the frontline workers, while supplies last, at the Gate Ticket Windows.
Examples of frontline workers include but certainly aren’t limited to:
● medical professionals ● grocery store workers ● public safety officials ● retail clerks ● restaurant staff ● delivery drivers ● transportation staff ● utility workers ● teachers ● postal workers
The My Frontline Hero Initiative:
In April 2020, CelticMKE, home to Milwaukee Irish Fest – the world’s largest celebration of Celtic music and culture, and Northwoods, a Milwaukee-based digital marketing and software development agency, partnered to launch the website https://www.myfrontlinehero.org to honor everyday Americans on the front lines, those who supported them, or anyone who inspired others during COVID-19.
As part of the website launch, the two organizations committed to further honoring frontline workers by hosting a special ceremony at the 2021 Milwaukee Irish Fest.
Since the My Frontline Hero website launched, dozens of stories have been submitted by family members, friends, colleagues and admirers of frontline workers to recognize their service.
Patrick Bieser, president and founder of Northwoods, explained the idea behind the My Frontline Hero initiative:
"It was important to both of our organizations to contribute something valuable to the COVID-19 effort. Because Northwoods provides website design and development, and Milwaukee Irish Fest has a venue by which we can give additional recognition to our heroes, it seemed like a perfect way to come together to celebrate those who worked so hard to keep us safe, healthy, positive and inspired.”
"Our organizations were specially suited to join forces to create an avenue to honor real-life heroes – our frontline workers who risked - and many who are still risking - their own health during COVID-19 to keep the rest of us safe,” added Mike Mitchell, executive director of Milwaukee Irish Fest. “All of our frontline heroes deserve our deepest appreciation and thanks, and the website and ceremony are just two small ways we can recognize their service and sacrifice.”