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Saratoga Monument Rededicated

Schuylerville, NY - October 10th, 2005

Cloudy skies greeted those who gathered for the Rededication of the Saratoga Monument on Columbus Day. Weather was the topic of conversation as we greeted one another as much of the area had received heavy rains during the past week and more was expected. However, as Superintendent Frank Dean of the Saratoga National Historical Park greeted us, our attention quickly turned to the refurbished monument, its beauty inside and out and the scenic views that could now be enjoyed again from its top.

Superintendent Dean spoke of how the monument came into the hands of the National Park Service and of task of restoring the historic 155 granite obelisk. He noted a letter written by Saara Johanson a 9 year old fourth grader to the Mayor of Schuylerville was the impetus for getting the Monument restored. Saara and the mayor, Bruce Cornell, were both present today and well pleased that the Monument was open again.

Current Saratoga Town Supervisor Thomas N. Wood III and local historian spoke at length of the monument's history and noted its importance in keeping the history of the area alive. He often referred to how locals affectionately call the Saratoga Monument "Our Monument".

Congressman John Sweeney spoke of the importance of Battles of Saratoga and the importance in the American defeat of the British here on the War's final outcome. He said it is important to keep the history of our Nation alive and to remember those who sacrificed so much that we might remain free.

Several groups, including our Chapter and our State Society laid wreaths in remembrance of America's first soldiers and of all soldiers who serve to keep us free.

A reception followed at the American Legion in Schuylerville. Many excellent displays of the Monument's history and memorabilia were on display for all to enjoy.

Click here to read an article published in the Saratogian, written by Jim Kinney

For a slide show of pictures from this event, click below:

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