Colonial Day and WARO Sign

September 23rd, 2021 Uncategorized

Our big event was a great success this past Saturday, September 18th. We had a good turnout of over 350 people, many families with children and many from the larger community who had no prior knowledge of the story of the French American Encampment.

We even had four descendants of the Odell family, proud that their family’s story will be told at last!

Yves de Turnay, member of the American Society of le Souvenir Francais was kind enough to portray his ancestor, General Rochambeau. He wrote to us the next day saying, “It was an honor to be with you because I think what you do is a great deed for your community, country and France…it’s important to keep this partnership alive.”
Many NY politicians came, including NY Senate Majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. She is a long time supporter and the sponsor of the bill in NY Stat to create the 250th commission. Colonial Day made history come alive to all the children who came and made history meaningful to everyone.
AND the WARO sign was installed in time for the big day. Thank you, Johnny!