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May 21st, 2014

Enjoy Memorial Day at New Windsor Cantonment

NEW WINDSOR - In honor of America’s soldiers and their families on Memorial Day weekend, Monday May 26, at 2:00 PM, site staff, in 18th century dress, perform a ceremony to honor our nation’s veterans at the site cemetery. At 2:15 PM historic balladeer Linda Russell performs traditional American patriotic music in the Temple Building. Admission is free. For more information please call the site at (845) 561-1765 ext. 22.

New Windsor Cantonment is located on Route 300 (374 Temple Hill Road) in the Town of New Windsor, two miles east of Stewart Airport. New Windsor Cantonment was an encampment of more than 7,000 Continental Army soldiers and some of their families over the winter of 1782-83. 82 years ago, one of the first public ceremonies to award the Purple Heart military decoration was held on Memorial Day, in 1932, at the old campground at New Windsor. Over 100 veterans of the First World War received the Medal.

Just one mile from the Cantonment, Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site opens for the 2014 season on Saturday May 24. Here the Ellison family, one of the most prosperous in the mid-Hudson Valley, during the 18th century, built a country estate called "Mount Ellison." Elegantly furnished by John and Catherine Ellison, the 1754 mansion served as headquarters for Revolutionary War Generals Nathanael Greene, Henry Knox, and Horatio Gates.

Beginning on Saturday May 24, the home will be open for tours Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 PM & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

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