Litchfield marks Independence Day with patriotic salute
The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fires its cannon during an Independence Day ceremony at East Cemetery on Tuesday. BZ photos
It was a patriotic, star-spangled tribute to Independence Day in Litchfield on Tuesday as ceremonies were held at East Cemetery and on the Green.
The Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge with services at their graves in East Cemetery.
Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Tallmadge, head of espionage for Gen. George Washington, were key figures during the Revolutionary War and had distinguished careers in politics afterwards.
Later, the Sons of the American Revolution and the First Litchfield Artillery held a 13-cannon salute on the Green in honor of the original 13 colonies. The salute was followed by a ringing of the town's church bells at 2 p.m., the moment the Declaration of Independence became official on July 4, 1776.