Washington's Headquarters - Selections from CollectionNewburgh, N.Y. – Memorial Day is a time to reflect upon all those who are serving, or have served, our country; living and deceased. Appropriately, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, will feature the presentation, “From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart,” on Saturday, May 26th, at 2:00 PM.

The Badge of Military Merit, created by General Washington at Headquarters Newburgh, was the first award to honor enlisted personnel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Hear the story behind the creation of that award. Listen to the interesting stories about the men who received it. Find out how it evolved into the medal we know today as the Purple Heart.

This special presentation is free with standard admission, which includes a guided tour of the historic Headquarters and the freedom to explore the Museum, which houses the multi award-winning exhibit, Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection. The exhibit features over 1,300 objects highlighting Washington’s Headquarters’ diverse collections and is navigated by an electronic catalog system.

For further details, call 845-562-1195.

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark. It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Inters Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. For further information contact: (845) 562-1195.  For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks. com.   For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters.

Help us save the Tower of Victory! The Palisades Parks Conservancy has completed a capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley.  For 125 years, it has stood as the nation’s only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation’s most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O’Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day. It stands on the property where General Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit” now called the Purple Heart medal.

Mail your donation to: Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Or donate online: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/donate. Remember to put the Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!

Contact:

Elyse B. Goldberg | elyse.goldberg@parks.ny.gov | 845-562-1195