236th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Groton Heights
September 3, 2017
6:00 p.m. inside the fort
The Friends of Fort Griswold are honoring the men who died there in 1781. They will place 88 luminaries on the fort grounds, each representing a casualty from the Battle of Groton Heights. As the name of the slain defender is read by a descendant, a candle is extinguished.
A memorial wreath will be laid at the marker of Col. Ledyard by the Sons of the American Revolution. The Connecticut Line will present colors, and end with a musket salute. Music will be provided by the Groton Congregational Church Choir, and the Nutmeg Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps.
A ribbon cutting for the new barracks outline project will precede the ceremony.
This will be the 22nd Candlelight Commemoration and Memorial Wreath Laying since the 19th century custom was revived by the Friends of Fort Griswold in 1995.
The public is invited to this free event. Please bring a lawn chair, flashlight. No rain date.