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BROOKLYN - Friends of Historic New Utrecht has announced its annual
Liberty Weekend will be held this year from Friday, May 30, to Sunday, June 1,
dedicated to Americans now in uniform and to veterans. Each year the historic
organization, the Liberty Pole Association and the New Utrecht Reformed
Church salute the American flag as a symbol of
"This year, our observances will have special meaning," said
Robert Buonvino, Friends president. "We want everyone, especially people new to
this country, including their children, to reflect on how precious our freedoms
On Friday, hundreds of school children are being invited to
educational tours of sites rich with the history of the nation and "old New
Utrecht," which is now Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton,
Boro Park and parts of Gravesend and Sunset Park. As in past years, Angela
Sarro, event coordinator, has been making arrangements for many schools in
Brooklyn to have their students participate.
Tours will be given of the
Reformed Church, which dates back 326 years, its
Parish House and cemetery where early settlers of what is now Brooklyn are
On Saturday the historic site tours are offered free of charge to
the general public. Also, visitors to the church grounds on 18th Ave. at 84th
St. may walk through a Civil War encampment prepared by members of the 14th
Brooklyn Regiment Company H. Historical displays will be shown in the Parish
House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a church tour given at 12:30 p.m. At 7:45 p.m.,
the ISO Symphonic
Band, directed by Brian P. Worsdale, presents a
"concert under the stars."
Sunday's events are highlighted by an 11 a.m.
all-faith service conducted by the church minister, the Rev. Terry Troia, in
honor of U.S. troops present and past. At 1 p.m. a processional will be
conducted from the church along Liberty Pole Blvd. (84th St.) to the old
cemetery at 16th Ave. and 84th St. for a memorial ceremony at 1:20 p.m. at the
Revolutionary War Gen. Nathaniel Woodhull's monument led by Chaplin George
Munkenbeck of the 14th Brooklyn Regiment Company H.
Weekend ceremonies will be held back on the church grounds at 2 p.m. at the
Liberty Pole, where a flag has flown since 1783. It's 106 feet high and has a
"Liberty Eagle" on top.
Additional information on Liberty Weekend 2003 is
available at 1-718-256-7173.
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