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Battle of Valcour Commemoration

Friday, October 05, 2018

October 11th marks the 242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Valcour, one of the first naval battles of the American Revolution. Many historians have noted that this was a key battle that enabled the Americans to win the war in the end.

On October 11, 1776, cannons sounded over Valcour Bay, the area between Valcour Island and New York State. Over 60 lives were lost during the battle, and for some, the Bay became their final resting place.

A commemoration of this event will be held on October 11 at Clinton Community College, on the 2nd Floor Lobby/Veranda of the George Moore Building from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The event will be hosted by the Saranac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Valcour Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Clinton Community College.

Kyle Page, CCC Professor and local historian, will speak on “The Conflicts of the Battle of Valcour.” Music is provided by Cathy Davenport, Saranac Chapter NSDAR, and Bill Long, local musician and reenactor. Special guests include Assemblyman Billy Jones, Plattsburgh Supervisor, Michael Cashman, Helen Nerska, Director CCHA, and DAR State District IV Director Margaret Scuderi. Colors will be posted by the American Legion Post 20 Honor Guard and the cannonade by Craig Russell of the Valcour Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

This is the 123rd year that the event has been coordinated by the DAR.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact:

Diane Parmeter Wills, Event Coordinator and Vice Regent of the DAR

Theresa Bechard, Regent of the DAR