OUT AND ABOUT TO CELEBRATE PATRIOTS' DAYYesterday was Patriots' Day, the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. We have visited Lexington and Concord, but this year we celebrated Patriots' Day here at home. No, it is not an official holiday in New York State, but I still choose the celebrate this great day every year.
It celebrates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, MA; which are the first battles of the Revolutionary War.
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world
We headed to Saratoga County to the Saratoga National Historic Park, or the Saratgoga Battle Field.
It is located in the Town of Stillwater and preserves the site of the Battle of Saratoga.
It was a beautiful Spring day for a drive around the auto road, the trees are still a bit naked.
We cross into the American Fortified Lines first.
As you travel the auto road a wonderful CD tells the story of the great battle that occurred here and the stories behind the monuments that dot the park.
The loop, which begins and ends at the visitor center is a bit over nine miles long and there are multiple stops to park, get out and enjoy the history.
And at each stop there is an additional narrative of each site.
My favorite monument is of Benedict Arnold's Boot.
Before Arnold was labeled a traitor he fought bravely and brilliantly for the Continental Army and was desperately wounded on this spot. The monument DOES NOT mention Arnold by name.
This is the inscription on the back.
JOHN WATTS de PEYSTER
Brev: Maj: Gen: S.N.Y.
2nd V. Pres't Saratoga Mon't Ass't'n:
In memory of
the "most brilliant soldier" of the
who was desperately wounded
on this spot the sally port of
BORGOYNES GREAT WESTERN REDOUBT
7th October, 1777
winning for his countrymen
the decisive battle of the
and for himself the rank of
The last stop of the day brings us to a spot with an incredible view of the Green Mountains and the majestic Hudson River.
And again, another reason to love the Capital Region!!!