Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot
Saturday, December 13, 2014, was a special day in many respects. Not only did we celebrate our annual Wreaths Across America event honoring the soldiers of the Fishkill Supply Depot but we also announced to the world that another patriot had been identified. Jean Bonnaire, a fusilier of the Saintonge Regiment of Infantry, died in the hospital at "Phisquil" on October 31, 1781. This discovery raises the total number of identified soldiers to 86 and serves as a vivid reminder of France’s participation and sacrifice during our War for Independence.
Then, surprising news came from Washington as Congress amended the American Battlefield Protection Program act to include the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. After years of failures and disappointments, our prayers were answered and federal money will now be available to groups like ours to preserve sites like the Fishkill Supply Depot and the soldiers burial site! Read more about this historic decision at Fredricksburg.com
Special thanks to Dr. Robert A. Selig (Historian Consultant to the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail) for laying a wreath in honor of our new soldier: Jean Bonnaire. To Ambrose Richardson (President Elect, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York), Sharon Filippini (Regent, Melzingah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution) and our own Lance Ashworth (President, Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot) for speaking at the Wreaths Across America event.
Additionally, we extend our deepest thanks to all our supporters for making events like this a huge success. A grand total of 153 wreaths were purchased and placed on the grounds of the Van Wyck Homestead, almost double the amount of soldiers identified. By virtue of your donations, we inch closer to achieving our goal of preserving the burial ground and likewise honoring our first heroes. To each and everyone of you . . . Huzzah!
Stay tuned . . . more WAA photos . . . coming soon
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