|Yorktown Victory Monument from a distance.|
Every year, near where I live, the Yorktown Battlefield & Yorktown Victory Center celebrates the anniversary of the last great American Revolution victory. This year it is 231 years since the defeat of the British at Yorktown. I sure wish the local schools allowed our children out for the parade tomorrow. There is also a ceremony this Friday, October 19, for Yorktown Day. As usual, there are also programs and tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, at Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center.
|Liberty atop the Yorktown Victory monument.|
The American and French armies were victorious in 1781, after a pounding nine-day ordeal. Cornwallis surrendered the British army of over 8,000 soldiers and sailor. Lord Charles Cornwallis's defeat was the last major event for the military during the the American Revolution.
Yorktown day events.
We have a wreath-laying memorial which has continued since 1922. A parade steps at 10:30 a.m. down Main Street past the Victory Monument.
|This wreath is from nearby Yorktown National Cemetary|
Read more (click here) about this wonderful annual even recognizing our patriot's. At least one of my Rousch ancestors witnessed the surrender at Yorktown, which is pretty neat. (I sometimes wonder if any of my British ancestors might have been fighting on the other side!)
Here is the weekend schedule of events and don’t miss having some of the Brunswick stew that is offered annually. http://www.historyisfun.org/Yorktown-Victory-Weekend-Schedule.htm
|They have great demonstrations.|
The Victory Center at Yorktown has some really interesting artifacts, e.g., George Washington's canopy tent and a re-created French ship interior. (I love their store at the national park!) They have a movie theater inside and a nice American Revolution movie about the Yorktown siege.
Question: Have you been to the Yorktown National Park? Did you know it was listed in the National Parks Best of book as one of the top American Revolution parks to visit?
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