A patriotic Independence Day celebration is on tap
Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution members Jerry Ackerman, left, and Susan Harrison participate in the 2018 Independence Day tribute at the East Cemetery grave of Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. BZ photo
It will be a patriotic show on Thursday when Litchfield celebrates Independence Day with a series of events.
Things get started at 11 a.m. with the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicating a marker at the East Cemetery grave of Elizabeth Buel, the organizing regent of the chapter in 1899.
Chapter members have decorated Buel’s grave with a DAR insignia. Buel moved to Litchfield in 1895 with her husband, Dr. John Buel. She was also active with DAR at the state and national levels, but it was in Litchfield where Buel had her greatest impact.
The dedication will be followed by traditional Independence Day observances at the East Cemetery graves of Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge, a Continental Army officer in the Revolutionary War.
The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment will fire its canon during the observances and at 1:30 p.m. will convene on the East Green for a 13-canon salute to the original colonies. First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. will read the names of each colony before the regiment fires its volleys.
The bells of the town’s churches will ring at 2 p.m., the moment the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.
After the artillery regiment completes its duties, the Litchfield Historical Society will hold its annual Pet Parade on the Green.