History of Civil War commemoration ceremony to be discussed in Norwich

Norwich – The New London County Civil War Roundtable will host a program Monday on the history of “Battle Flag Day” in Connecticut, recalling an 1879 event that marked the anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Antietam.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ensemble Room at the Sidney Frank Center at Norwich Free Academy and is free and open to the public.

Guest speaker Lee Tryon of Avon will give a presentation on Connecticut’s then famous Battle Flag Day on Sept. 17, 1879. Tryon, will discuss the people, events and emotions of that day, which became famous nationwide.

The event was to have all the living soldiers and sailors from Connecticut units, ceremonially remove their old, torn, bullet damaged and partially destroyed battle flags from the Hartford Armory and formally place them in the new State Capitol.

Tryon, secretary of the Connecticut Commandery and treasurer-in-chief of the National Organization of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, had several ancestors who served in the Union army during the Civil War.

He is secretary of the H. A. Grant Camp 24 of the Department of Connecticut Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and also is a member Hartford Civil War Round Table.

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