The Friends of Fort Griswold will hold a ceremony commemorating the 1781 Battle of Groton Heights on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Fort Griswold in Groton, CT. The candlelight ceremony will be held inside the Fort at 6:00 PM.
The Friends 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, a candle is extinguished. The program will include music performed by the Groton Congregational Church Choir, Nutmeg Jr Ancients Fife & Drum Corps, and a lone bugler will perform Taps. The Sons of the American Revolution will lay a wreath on the spot where Col. Ledyard was killed with his own sword, and fire a 3-volley musket salute.
This will be the 24th Commemoration and Memorial Wreath Laying since the 19th century custom was revived by the Friends of Fort Griswold in 1995.
The ceremony is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. If you plan on attending, please bring your lawn chairs. View more photos of our 2018 ceremony here.