Independence Day features patriotic salutes
The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fires its cannon during an Independence Day salute to the original 13 colonies on the Litchfield Green on Thursday. The salute has been a tradition for more than 50 years, one inspired by the regiment's founder, Eric Hatch, and famed Warren artist Eric Sloane. The day in Litchfield included services at the graves of Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge in East Cemetery, a first-time service at the East Cemetery grave of Elizabeth Buel, founder of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Litchfield Historical Society's annual pet parade. BZ photos
Members of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the grave of Elizabeth Buel. The service at Buel's grave featured the dedication of the DARinsignia, below, mounted on her headstone.
Mark and Darcy Cattey of Bantam attended the cemetery services.
Jennifer Towne of North Haven, a descendant of Benjamin and Mary Floyd Tallmadge, places a wreath at the Tallmadge grave.
Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution deliver a musket volley in the cemetery.
Members of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and others at the grave of Benjamin Tallmadge.
First Litchfield Artillery Regiment commander Reggie Harrison, left, and First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. watch the tribute to the 13 colonies on the Green.
Ken Buckbee of the Sons of the American Revolution likes what he sees on the Green.
Gloria, from Harwinton, was a participant in the pet parade.
Jerry and Bette Geci were the judges for the pet parade.