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Washington Crossing Historic Park hosts Memorial Day Observance


Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 at the gravesite of Continental soldiers, located near the Thompson-Neely House, about two miles south of New Hope at the intersection of Route 32 and Aquetong Road (1638 River Road, New Hope).

The observation will include a Colonial color guard, a fife and drum corps, Revolutionary War reenactors, veterans, and other honored guests. During the event, the Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a plaque at the gravesite of 24-year-old Captain-Lieutenant James Moore. Moore served in Captain Alexander Hamilton’s New York Artillery Unit before his death on Dec. 25, 1776. After the dedication, American flags will be placed on all of the graves.

The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Although no Americans were killed during the Delaware River crossing and the First Battle of Trenton, some soldiers succumbed to exposure, disease or previous injuries. Captain-Lieutenant Moore is the only veteran buried in this plot whose identity is known.

Also in attendance at the ceremony will be representatives of the modern U.S. Army artillery unit that shares its lineage with the New York Artillery Regiment of 1776, the 1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery “Hamilton’s Own.”