A monument to the Great Irish Famine has been erected in Lincoln Park, New Jersey thanks to an initiative by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Hudson County.

The official unveiling and dedication of the new monument will take place on Saturday, May 7 with a ceremony that will begin with a 10 AM mass at Saint Aloysius Church in Jersey City.

A liturgy will presented Father Mark O’Connell will be followed by a dedication and blessing of the monument. A reception will be held immediately afterward at Michael Anthony’s restaurant, 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City.

The 18-foot tall Celtic cross includes intricate images and symbols which represent Ireland and the Famine. The project to erect the monument was started by the Friendly Sons in 2003.