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May 15, 2007

CW's Memorial Day ceremony remembers America's fallen veterans

Colonial Williamsburg will remember those who died while serving their country during the Memorial Day Commemorative Program beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

The hour-long Memorial Day service begins in front of the Governor’s Palace, which served as a Continental Army field hospital during the 1781 siege of Yorktown. Here participants recognize the graves of more than 140 Revolutionary War dead with cannon volleys fired by uniformed colonial militia and a Revolutionary War-era honor guard, and music by Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums. A memorial wreath will be placed at the plaque marking the graves of the soldiers.

The procession then advances to Bruton Parish Church, where a wreath is offered to a church representative who will lead prayers in memory of those veterans interred in the churchyard. The militia will then fire musket salutes.

Participants will lastly march to the French gravesite near Providence Hall to recognize the aid of the French allies in the final victory of the American Revolution. A third wreath will be laid, and three final cannon salutes will be fired by the militia artillery crew.

The Memorial Day service is free and open to the public.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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