Washington Crossing Historic Park’s Memorial Day Ceremony
Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House.
The observation will include a Colonial color guard, fife and drum music, Revolutionary War reenactors, veterans, and other honored guests. The keynote address will be delivered by USAF veteran Frank Lyons. At the ceremony, the Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a plaque at the original gravesite of 24-year-old Captain Lieutenant James Moore. Moore served in Captain Alexander Hamilton’s New York Artillery Unit before his death on December 25, 1776.
After the dedication, American flags will be placed on 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 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.” 1st Lieutenant Colin Alexander and Sergeant 1st Class Roger Siewert will be representing their unit at the ceremony.
Washington Crossing Park is located at 1112 River Road in Washington Crossing, Pa. For more information, call 215.493.4076 or visit https://www.washingtoncrossingpark.org/event/memorial-day-ceremony/.