Battle of Minisink Commemorated in Ceremonies on July 21 and 22
Historian Peter Osborne of Easton, PA will deliver the keynote address on the topic “Col. John Hathorn, Member of Our Nation’s First Greatest Generation.”
Osborne served as executive director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society from 1981-2009 and is a co-author with Mark Hendrickson and Jon Inners of “So Many Brave Men: A History of the Battle at Minisink Ford”, published in April 2010 by The Pienpack Company.
Following the welcome by John Conway, who is also a director emeritus and life member of the Sullivan County Historical Society which has for decades spearheaded the annual Minisink commemoration, there will be: an invocation by Rev. William H. Chellis, M.Div., J.D., pastor Jeffersonville and Kenoza Lake United Methodist Churches; Presentation of Colors by Sylvan Liebla Post #1363, American Legion, Town of Highland, Tusten-Highland-Lumberland Post #6427, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Navasing Long Rifles; the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Honorable Andrew Boyar, Supervisor Town of Highland; recitation of The American’s Creed by Barbara Gropper, Regent Wayne County, PA Chapter of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution (DAR); the keynote address; memorial floral tributes by the Beaverkill and Old Mine Chapters DAR in NY, the Wayne Chapter DAR in PA, and Navasing Long Rifles; a Time for Recollection during which the names of the battle dead will be read by costumed interpreters from Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History: Debra Conway, Director, Lucas Musetti, Iris Gillingham and David Albanese; a Military Memorial; and closing Benediction by Laurie Stuart, Consulting Minister, Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
“I am pleased to help continue the long tradition kept alive through the years by the Sullivan County Historical Society,” John Conway said. “We thank everyone involved for their participation in this most noble effort, commemorating the ultimate sacrifice of these patriots in the cause of liberty.”
At the program’s anticipated 5:15 p.m. conclusion, participants are welcome to enjoy the park’s picnic facilities, which include grills and tables, and self-guided hiking trails.
For further information on the ceremony, call Debra Conway at (845) 252-6660.