Green-Wood marks another successful Battle of Brooklyn commemoration

September 2, 2015 Jaime DeJesus
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Green-Wood Cemetery hosted another successful day of remembrance during its annual commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn on Sunday, August 30.

The highly attended event featured all the pomp and circumstance history buffs and families look forward to, such as the parade of flags, reenactments, colonial-era music and performers dressed as American fixtures such as George Washington.

Those in attendance paid tribute to those soldiers who fought during the early battle of the American Revolution. The Battle of Brooklyn was fought partially at Green-Wood’s Battle Hill.
According to Green-Wood personnel, a good time was had by all.

“It was great. There were a lot of historical reenactments and demonstrations that the crowds loved,” said Chelsea Dowell, manager of programs and membership, noting that about 2,000 people showed up.

The afternoon also included a trolley tour hosted by the Green-Wood Historic Fund, food and a solemn tribute to the fallen heroes.

However, there was one highlight that attendees constantly look forward to. “Everyone loved the weapon demonstrations and the shooting of the cannon. The crowds seem to always enjoy it,” Dowell said. “We also had food historian Sarah Loman. That was also popular.”

Loman served treats such as Jefferson’s Vanilla Custard Ice Cream, maple syrup ice cream and lemonade.

Dowell believes the event is such a hit among attendees near and far because of its wide appeal. “It has something for everyone,” she said. “History buffs love all the activities and families that are looking to do something different also love it.”

“Each year Green-Wood takes the time to commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn as we remember our unique connection to this significant moment in our nation’s history. It’s our responsibility and privilege to honor our early American heroes,” said President of Green-Wood, Richard Moylan. “We dedicate this day to them by bringing together generations of families to participate in traditional colonial activities while immersing them in Green-Wood’s rich history.”

While this year’s event is now in the past, Green-Wood is already thinking about next year’s event.

“Next year will be 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn and it’s going to be very big,” Dowell said. “We’re already starting to plan for it.”

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