Garrison Students Learn a Forgotten Piece of State History

Garrison 8th graders pose with New York State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Denise VanBuren, and two “Officers,” their hosts for Evacuation Day at Fort Montgomery.

Nov. 25, 1783, “Evacuation Day,” marks the departure of the last vestige of British authority from United States following the American Revolution.  The date was routinely celebrated in New York until relations warmed with Great Britain immediately preceding the First World War.  On Nov. 19 Garrison 8th grade students were loaded onto school buses and “evacuated” to Fort Montgomery.
       “The purpose of revitalizing Evacuation Day at the Garrison School is to provide an interactive learning experience for our eighth graders while introducing them to a forgotten piece of New York State history,” said Susan MacEnroe, Garrison School’s eighth-grade advisor. Denise Van Buren, the New York State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution, was the keynote speaker at the event. 

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