BARRY CLUB COMMEMORATES THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN
Saturday, 20 AUG 2016, 11 am - 2 pm. BATTLE OF BROOKLYN COMMEMORATION.
Rawley American Legion Post and the Old Stone House.
The Club participated in the commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn. The central theme of the event was the heroism of the Maryland 400, who bravely charged superior British positions in order to give General George Washington much needed time to organize his retreat to New York City.
After a wreath laying at the Rawley Post, participants paraded to the Old Stone house. The roll call of the Divisions was read and another wreath laid.
A reception in the house followed.
Sunday, 28 AUG 2016
The Commodore Barry Club participated in the 240th commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn at Battle Hill in the Green-Wood Cemetery.
The Battle was the first major engagement in the Revolutionary War and one of the largest military engagements in history at that time. After the successful siege of Boston, Washington fortified New York harbor with positions in Brooklyn. In August, he was attacked by an overwhelmingly superior British force. Realizing that his position was untenable, he staged a masterful retreat across Brooklyn to New York City. Some of the most significant engagements in that retreat took place at Battle Hill.
The Club participated in tributes to John Gallagher, author, Washington’s Irish generals and Charles Higgins.
Rev. Katherine Salisbury gave the invocation. Joe McCarthy was the speaker. The Kings Point band lead the parade from the Gate to the Hill.