Yorktown Victory Monument

October 19, 2006

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The Seige of Yorktown, led by General George Washington, ended with the surrender of General Cornwallis and his army of 17,600 on October 19, 1781. Upon hearing of the defeat the British Prime Minister, Frederick Lord North, exclaimed, “Oh God, it’s all over.”The victory at Yorktown effectively ended the war.

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Doctor John Witherspoon

October 18, 2006

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John Witherspoon (1723-1794), Signer of the Declaration of Independence

This statue of the Scottish born Doctor John Witherspoon was dedicated on November 10, 2001, in front of East Pyne Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Google Map

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French Grave Marker

October 13, 2006

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Unknown Soldiers
Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, Virginia
October 1781

In October 1971, a white Carrara marble cross was erected at the site known as the ‘French Cemetary’. For many years prior to 1971, the site had been marked by a simple wooden cross. This site is located about a mile to the south of ‘The French Trench’, and was known to have contained the remains of at least fifty unknown French soldiers who were believed to have died during the 1781 siege.  (Commemoration of French at Yorktown)

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Historic Yorktown, Virginia

October 12, 2006

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Yorktown Day is celebrated annually at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19th. The holiday memorializes the surrender of the British forces on the 19th of October 1781, ending the Battle of Yorktown and bringing about the end of the American Revolutionary War. This year’s Yorktown Day celebration is special because it marks 225 years since the earth-shattering event.

During a typical Yorktown Day events include a parade, speeches from various patriotic groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, wreath-laying at gravesites in the area, and reenactments of the Battle and the surrender.

2006 Schedule of Events

October 19-22 – Yorktown 225th Weekend (Yorktown Battlefield).
Celebrating 400 years fo the American military, this four-day event will commemorate the 225th anniversary of the final battle of the American Revolution that secured indenpendence for the United States. Special programs and tours include military encampments, band concerts, fireworks and a waterfront festival. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410. Free.

October 19 – Yorktown Day (Yorktown Battlefield).
Ceremonies, a parade and tactical demonstrations by the Commander-i-Chief’s Guard commemorate the 225rd anniversary of America’s climactic Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Yorktown Day Association. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410. Free.

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