2017-06-01 / Front Page

Celebrate Conanicut Battery Saturday

The American Revolution comes alive Saturday as cannons sound under the flags of three nations along the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.

The Jamestown Historical Society is hosting its biennial commemoration of Conanicut Battery, the Colonial earthworks on the Beavertail peninsula that were active during three of the nation’s most important wars. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. off Battery Lane. Because of limited parking, guests are asked to leave their cars at Mackerel Cove. The town is providing a free shuttle from the beach to the battery.

Among the festivities, the Jamestown Community Band will play patriotic songs while the Artillery Company of Newport shoots a cannon salute across the bay. Members of the VFW Post 9447 and the Arnold-Zweir Post 22 of the American Legion will form a color guard.

Following the opening ceremony, Cub Scouts and the 2nd Rhode Island Continental Line will march into the battery. After a short history of the 1776 fort, re-enactors will demonstrate military strategy from the revolutionary days.

The ceremony culminates with representatives of the three countries that occupied the fort — the United States, Great Britain and France — raising the flags of their respective nations over the battery. The band will play the national anthem of each country.

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