The annual Independence Day ceremony on the Litchfield Green on Saturday was both very loud, and colorful as well. 33 SAR members attended the Independence Day ceremonies in Litchfield, CT. 18 SAR Color Guard members – from as far away as New Jersey and New Hampshire – participated in the events.
Beginning at 1:45 p.m., the cannons of the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fired 13 times in a salute to the original 13 states that, as colonies, united for the cause of independence in 1776.
On display while the cannons boom were the flags of the 13 original colonies. They having been secured by Compatriot Ken Buckbee of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution, which participated in the event.
First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. was also on the Green and read the names of the 13 colonies before each cannon blast. Once the firing was completed, the bells of the town’s churches rang at 2 p.m. as part of a national observance of Independence Day.
The Independence Day ceremony on the Green has been held since 1963, when Congress adopted the “Let Freedom Ring” resolution. Let Freedom Ring was inspired by First Litchfield Artillery Regiment co-founder Eric Hatch and Eric Sloane of Warren, who proposed the idea in an article they wrote for “This Week” magazine in February 1963.
Litchfield’s Independence Day tribute began at noon when the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch and the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their traditional ceremony at the graves of Oliver Wolcott Sr. and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge in East Cemetery.
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