In honor of America's soldiers and their families on Memorial Day weekend, site staff, in 18th century dress, will perform a ceremony to honor our nation's veterans at the site cemetery. At 2:15 PM, historic balladeer Linda Russell will perform traditional American patriotic music.
New Windsor Cantonment was an encampment of more than 7,000 Continental Army soldiers and some of their families over the winter of 1782-83. 81 years ago, one of the first public ceremonies to award the Purple Heart military decoration was held on Memorial Day, in 1932, at the old campground at New Windsor. Over 100 veterans of the First World War received the Medal.
From 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, visitors will see soldiers performing musket drills, blacksmithing and other activities performed at the original encampment. Following the concert by Linda Russell, soldiers will fire their muskets and a cannon on the "Grand Parade", the very field where George Washington's announcement of impending peace was first read to the Army over 200 years ago.