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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