2009-05-14 / Letters to the Editor

Battery Day a success despite the weather

The showery mist last Saturday, May 9, didn't put a damper on Battery Day. The artillery and musket fire saluted the new season, and the flags were raised to the music of the Jamestown Community Band.

The Jamestown Historical Society and the Friends of the Conanicut Battery want to thank all who helped make this a special day.

The Jamestown Community Band played. Paul Brunelle put on the uniform of Major Blodget, our traditional host for Battery Day. Father O'Neill led the invocation. Jamestown Cub Scouts carried the colors. Larry MacDonald organized the military unit, which included the Artillery Company of Newport, Captain Tew's Company of the 2nd Rhode Island, Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia, and the Varnum Continentals representing the colonial army and firing cannon and musket salutes.

Members of Le Regiement Bourbonnais raised the French flag; representatives of the Grenadier Company of the 10th Regiment of Foot raised the British flag. Jamestown's Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion raised the American flag to the strains of the Star Spangled Banner by the band. Retired Colonel Bruce Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps and current commander of the Jamestown Veterans of Foreign Wars, talked about the history and importance of the Battery. Bruce Long provided his Del's lemonade for the occasion.

Much work gets done behind the scenes. Our representative, Deb Ruggiero, sponsored a legislative grant that funded much of the activity of the day. Bruce Keiser and the Jamestown Recreation Department provided general support, including use of the portable sound system. Bill and Mae Munger donated the services of the Conanicut Marine shuttle to ferry people to and from the park.

Mary Heath and her committee did a marvelous job of organizing the day and deserve a special thank you. Rosemary Enright, President, Jamestown Historical Society Dennis Webster, Chair, Friends of the Conanicut Battery

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