238th Anniversary of Battle of Wyoming Remembered
WYOMING — Hundreds remembered the patriots who fell during the Revolutionary War at the Wyoming Monument National Historic Site on Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming. They’re commemorating the the 238th ceremony of the Battle of Wyoming . Many believe it was the most important Revolutionary War battle fought in our area.
“It means a lot to me because of the people who died before us to make this nation free, to keep us free. It’s a very important day,” said Lou Cora, who fought in the Korean War.
The bloody battle happened on July 3, 1778. More than 300 patriots were killed, but the tragedy reinvigorated the patriots to take back the valley.
“It’s who we are, it defines us as a nation, doing what we want do, how we want to do it, live the way we want to live,” said one attendee.
The annual ceremony started in 1878 to honor the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Wyoming. But what keeps people coming back every year is a deep sense of pride in our nation.
“The sacrifice, it’s the sacrifice. I get choked up,” said one woman.
“I think about that often. I can do things in my country that I can’t do in other places. I can disagree with someone, argue with someone and not be shot because I disagree with them,” said another attendee.
The ceremony is organized by the Wyoming Commemorative Association. The Wyoming Monument is the site of a mass grave for many victims of the Battle of Wyoming.