The members of the Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution participated in the Aug. 6 event sponsored by the National Park Service and Fort Stanwix National Monumen to commemorate the 236th snniversary of the Battle of Oriskany.
The opening by the staff and volunteers of Fort Stanwix accompanied by re-enactors Col. Wemple and his 2nd Albany Regiment and Campbell’s Company marching up the long driveway and the raising of the Colors was awe inspiring, according to a news release.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Fort Schuyler Chapter of the Society of the Children of the American Revolution. In recognition of the sacrifices made by all during the battle and by troops today, the flags were lowered to half staff. A moment of silence in honor of those lost was observed.
Speakers were Adam J. Millington, acting superintendent of Fort Stanwix, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. and Battle of Oriskany descendents Terry McMaster, Dave Klock and Helen Rees.
Wreaths were laid by DAR chapters from throughout central New York including the Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter of Frankfort, represented by Chaplain Marsha R. Roseen and Historian Ramona J. Kane, President George Gydesen of the Oriskany Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Herkimer Home State Historic Site and the Snell-Zimmerman-Timmerman families.
The ceremony was concluded with a cannon salute to the fallen.
Gen. Nicholas Herkimer, commander of the Tryon County Militia in 1777, was mortally wounded in the battle and was transported back to his home near Little Falls where he died 10 days later. On Aug. 11 Roseen and Kane represented the Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter at the Herkimer Home State Historic Site at the program “Liberty’s Hero: Celebrating the Life and Commemorating the Death of Brig. Gen. Nicholas Herkimer.”
Bob Smelcher provided the music for the memorial service.