Ticonderoga Ticonderoga will observe Memorial Day by recalling the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers.
The Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years Committee will sponsor a ceremony Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at Champlain Legacy Park, located on the north side of the LaChute River across from Bicentennial Park.
“This will be a special tribute to our Civil War veterans as we observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,” said June Curtis of the 250 years committee. “The Civil War sesquicentennial provides an occasion for us to rediscover the significance of the vital roles our military played in the war that changed our nation.”
The Ticonderoga observance is free and open to the public.
“Everyone is invited to meet at the forecourt of the Samuel de Champlain Monument where a special paver, honoring Ticonderoga’s Civil War veterans, will be dedicated,” Curtis said. “This special paver is unique in size and distinctively engraved with a Civil War soldier, a draped flag and a laurel wreath. In the spirit of pride and freedom, the paver is a permanent legacy to the sons and daughters of Ticonderoga. We hope you will join us in saluting and remembering these heroes past.”
As part of the Memorial Day ceremony, a traditional poem written by Walt Whitman will be recited. Whitman, known as the Civil War poet, worked as a volunteer nurse in the Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry.
“The Memorial Day tribute would be incomplete without the reference to the refurbished Liberty Pole which has been recently installed midway between the Champlain Monument and the shores of the LaChute River,” Curtis said. “Dating back to the years before and during the American Revolution, the Liberty Pole is a sign of liberty, freedom and independence. This particular Liberty Pole is a valuable piece of our history and will be rededicated on July 14, 2012.”