Saratoga Battlefield Honors Memorial Day

img_9625Stillwater, NY: On Memorial Day (May 29th), Saratoga National Historical Park, located on Route 4 and 32 in Stillwater, will offer special living history programming and readings which honor Americans who fought and died in the 1777 Revolutionary War Battles of Saratoga. The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is free.

“Nearly 500 Americans were killed or wounded in the Battles of Saratoga,” said Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer. “While some were from New York State, most of the fallen were from New England, and most are still buried on the battlefield in unmarked graves.” This year’s event will focus on the sacrifices made by Connecticut militiamen who lost their lives at Saratoga in 1777.

Living history activities which showcase aspects of militia soldier life at Saratoga in 1777. At 11:00am and 3:00pm, park staff and volunteers from the public will be invited to read the names of Connecticut men who died in the Battles of Saratoga, battles which marked the “most important battle fought in the world during the last 1,000 years.” At 1:00pm, the sorrowful story of the widow of one of Connecticut’s fallen soldiers will be discussed.

For more information on this or other programs at Saratoga National Historical Park, the national park in your backyard, call the visitor center at 518-670-2985 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/sara follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SaratogaNHP

 

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