Warren County Historical Society Presents …

The Digital Version “REWIND”

May 1, 2018

 

 

The newly refurbished Marker at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Lake George Battlefield Park.

 

 

Honoring the Four Unknown Soldiers

in Lake George Battlefield Park

 

Memorial Day, 2018

 

      The Lake George Battlefield Park (Fort George) Alliance would like to invite the public to join us on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, at 10:30 am in Lake George Battlefield Park, Fort George Road, Lake George, NY, to honor the Four Unknown Soldiers of the Battle of Lake George 1755, who are buried in the Park, and to rededicate their recently remodeled burial site.

      The Battle of Lake George, September 8, 1755, occurred early in the French and Indian War between the British and the French. At the battle, other than one British soldier (who survived), the British combatants were American colonists and Native Americans. These four men are thought to be colonial American soldiers who died during the Bloody Morning Scout, the first engagement of the battle, and were buried where they fell.  Their skeletons were discovered in the early 1930’s and were reburied in Lake George Battlefield Park in 1935. They are thought to be the oldest government-recognized Unknown American Soldiers in the United States. 

      The Fort George Alliance received a Challenge Grant to upgrade the site from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation in 2017. With community support, the challenge was met and the funds were used to improve the site to be more fitting for its significance.

      The event will begin at 10:30 am and will include a musket salute and prayer for soldiers.  Besides the Alliance, Fort William Henry, Lake George American Legion Post 374, and the Lake George Fire Department will be participating.  Donors who have supported the upgrading to the site will be honored.  Refreshments will follow and a guided historical Walk in the Park will be offered.

      Entrance to the Park will be free until noon.  Children are welcome and encouraged.  Parking is available in the Park and the site is handicap accessible.

      Further information can be obtained by calling 518 428 5501.

 

 

 

      Special thanks to Lyn Hohmann for sharing this information.

 

 

 

Warren County Historical Society // 50 Gurney Lane // Queensbury, NY 12804 // (518) 743-0734

 

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