The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site in Orange County, NY will honor America’s soldiers and their families on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th.
From 1 to 4 pm, site staff will present information on 18th century mourning customs at the coffin of Colonel Francis Barber of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment lying in repose in the recreated Temple of Virtue. An 18th century funeral service followed by a military drill and cannon firing will be held at 2 pm.
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. The Temple of Virtue overlooks the “Grand Parade”, the very field where soldiers gathered to hear George Washington‘s proclamation announcing the end to the fighting. Nearly 90 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.
This program is free and open to the public. New Windsor Cantonment is located at 374 Temple Hill Road in the Town of New Windsor. For more information call the site at (845) 562-7141 ext. 22, or click here.
Photo of reenactors of New Windsor Cantonment provided.