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Fort Ticonderoga to pay tribute to soldiers

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Fort Ticonderoga across Lake Champlain from Shoreham this weekend will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives during the American Revolution. Discover the story of the American Army in 1777 and how it defended liberty at Ticonderoga. Special living history programs and demonstrations will be presented throughout Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26.

Join a hive of activity as citizens-turned-soldiers reinforced extensive lines of defenses across the Ticonderoga peninsula and beyond to prepare for a renewed British invasion. Throughout the weekend, visitors will witness the labor of liberty as Fort Ticonderoga staff portraying Continental Army soldiers bring to life this defining story through military drill, weapon demonstrations, historic trades, hauling timber with oxen and raising huts for shelter,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga Vice President of Public History.

Members of the public are invited to come enjoy narrated boat tours aboard the Carillon, a small pleasure boat, and cruise along the same shores of Lake Champlain that American soldiers and sailors sailed in 1777.

A full lineup of activities and programs offered throughout the weekend include daily tours within the fort, King’s Garden, and museum exhibition spaces; historic trades programs; ongoing living history programs; thrilling weapons demonstrations; fife & drum performances; the Mount Defiance experience; and the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail. A full schedule can be found at fortticonderoga.org.

Sunday, May 26, will feature two special services:

• 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Fort Ticonderoga

Join the procession of a Continental Army Soldier’s funeral and see him laid to his final resting place. Pay respect to the numerous soldiers who did not receive a proper burial at Ticonderoga in 1777 and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice they made to secure our liberty today.

• Noon. Flag Raising Ceremony beginning atop Mount Defiance at 72 Defiance St.

Join the Ticonderoga American Legion as they renew the American flag atop Mount Defiance, as a salute to all those who have fallen in the service of this nation. From this breathtaking vista, remember their sacrifice with a 21-gun salute.

A 10% general admissions discount will be given to military members with proof of service for this special weekend-long event.

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is museum, historic site, major cultural destination, and center for learning, on-site and across the globe through Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History.

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