Stillwater, N.Y. - On Memorial Day (May 30th), 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 Eric Schnitzer, acting Chief of Interpretation for the park. "While some were from New York State, most 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 New Hampshire Continental and militia officers and soldiers who lost their lives at Saratoga in 1777.
Musket firing demonstrations will take place throughout the day, as well as other living history activities which showcase aspects of American soldier and follower life during the Revolutionary War. At 11:00am and 3:00pm, park staff
and volunteers from the public will be invited to read the names of New Hampshire 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 pm, a sorrowful letter written to the widow of one of New Hampshire's fallen officers will be read.
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
Eric Schnitzer, 518-670-2981