Regiment's cannons boom for original 13 colonies
One of the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment's cannons is fired on the Green during Wednesday's Independence Day tribute to the original 13 colonies. BZ photos
A patriotic tribute was paid the to the original 13 colonies during the annual Independence Day program on the Litchfield Green on Wednesday.
The cannons of the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fired 13 times, once for each colony. The names of the colonies were read by First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. A cannon fired after each name was read.
At 2 p.m., after the final blast of the cannons, the church bells in the center of town rang at the moment in time the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. The ringing of the church bells, a tradition since 1964, was inspired by Eric Hatch, the late commander of the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment, and noted artist Eric Sloane of Warren.
Hatch and Sloane proposed a July 4 ringing of the church bells in a magazine article they wrote. The proposal was adopted by Congress and has been a Litchfield tradition ever since. Hatch, ironcally, died on July 4, 1973, shortly after ceremony on the Litchfield Green ended.
First Litchfield Artillery Regiment commander Reggie Harrison, right, welcomes First Selectman Leo Paul Jr.
Ken Buckbee of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution held the flag during the salute.
The Delaware flag is displayed.
Frank Dlugokinski, center, and other members of the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment take a break from their duties.
Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution.