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Litchfield marks Independence Day with patriotic salute
Litchfield.bz (07-05-17)


 

The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fires its cannon during an Independence Day ceremony at East Cemetery on Tuesday. BZ photos

It was a patriotic, star-spangled tribute to Independence Day in Litchfield on Tuesday as ceremonies were held at East Cemetery and on the Green.

The Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge with services at their graves in East Cemetery.

Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Tribute ~ Litchfield.bz video

Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Tallmadge, head of espionage for Gen. George Washington, were key figures during the Revolutionary War and had distinguished careers in politics afterwards.

Benjamin Tallmadge Tribute ~ Litchfield.bz video

Later, the Sons of the American Revolution and the First Litchfield Artillery held a 13-cannon salute on the Green in honor of the original 13 colonies. The salute was followed by a ringing of the town's church bells at 2 p.m., the moment the Declaration of Independence became official on July 4, 1776.

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Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution fire their muskets during a ceremony at the grave of Wolcott.

The crowd watches the ceremony at the grave of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge.

First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. reads the names of the original 13 colonies during the ceremony on the Green.

First Litchfield Artillery Regiment Introduction ~ BZ video

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One of 13 cannon blasts by the First Litchfield Artillery.

The flag of Maryland is displayed on the Green.

Judey Buckbee of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment

Members of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A musket salute at the grave of Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr.

The musket brigade stands at attention during the ceremony at the grave of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge.

Representatives of the Children of the American Revolution placed a wreath at the grave of Wolcott.

Christopher and Caroline Gardner of New Milford hold the wreath they would place at the grave of Tallmadge, below.

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