Revolutionary War patriots recognized at cemetery
Susan Harrison, right, and Jerry Ackerman, both of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, during an Independence Day ceremony at East Cemetery. BZ photos
Litchfield's Independence Day celebration began with tributes at the East Cemetery graves of Revolutionary War patriots Oliver Wolcott Sr. and Benjamin Tallmadge.
Wolcott signed the Declaration of Independence and was an officer in the Continental Army during the war and Tallmadge was the head of Gen. George Washington's spy ring. After the war, both went on to distinguished careers in politics. Wolcott lived in Litchfield and Tallmadge moved to town after the war.
The tributes were carried out by 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. The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment delivered three-cannon salutes at each grave.
The Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution's musket squad marches into place in the cemetery.
Litchfield history enthusiasts Peter Vermilyea, left, and David Luzi watch the program.
The SAR musket squad launches a volley.
Ronni Schoelzel of Litchfield covers her ears before the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fires its cannon.