Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 7: Sal and I returned to the Ford Mansion/Washington’s Headquarters) in Morristown, NJ, for an 8 a.m. ceremony organized by Julie Diddell, national vice chair of W3R-US and state chair of W3R-NJ, the first of three events she organized today.
Tom Ross, superintendent of Morristown National Historical Park, welcomed the participants and re-enactors saluted Sal.
Next stop was an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Van Veghten House in Bridgewater Township, built in 1720. Julie welcomed Sal and led her second ceremony of the day before Sal rode off to Princeton.
Princeton Mayor Mark Freda welcomed Sal at the start of the 2:30 p.m. ceremony at the Princeton Battle Monument, which depicts George Washington leading his troops to victory and the death of General High Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, Jan. 3, 1777.
Mike Russell, president of the Princeton Battlefield Society, presented Sal with a commemorative coin. The monument, dedicated in 1922, towered over Sal as he departed.
He was later honored at a gathering at the Nassau Inn . We are spending another night with his brother’s family in Princeton. Tomorrow we are off to Trenton, Philadelphia and Valley Forge.