As some of you may know the Battle of Brooklyn otherwise known in other circles as the Battle of Long Island (some people forget Brooklyn is part of Long Island), or at least some important parts of it took place nearby in what is now Greenwood Cemetery. Although the Brits won that engagement the holding actions of our patriots in those early days of the revolution allowed our General George Washington to escape and survive to continue on the fight. Had he been captured we would instead be celebrating the holidays our British masters would have imposed on us.
You can catch all the details at the Green-wood Cemetery website: they are reproduced below in case their site goes down.
Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration CeremoniesIn memory of the brave patriots who fought for our country’s independence in this first battle after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Part of Brooklyn Battle Week
12:30 PM - Revolutionary War Re-Enactors will relive a portion of the Battle of Brooklyn in Green-Wood’s Meadow and the surrounding area near Green- Wood’s main entrance.
1:30 PM - The Green-Wood Historic Fund and United States Merchant Marine Academy sponsor the Annual Battle of Brooklyn Parade. Meet at the main gate for a parade to Battle Hill led by George M. Cohan’s own, The Regimental Band of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
2:00 PM - Battle of Brooklyn Commemorative Ceremony honoring the Patriots who fought the first battle of our new nation on this sacred ground 234 years ago.
This is a FREE event. Reservations are not necessary.
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM Location: The Green-Wood Cemetery
08/29/2010, 10:00 AM