240th anniversary of Battle of Wyoming to be commemorated July 4

The 240th anniversary of the Battle of Wyoming will be commemorated Wednesday, July 4 - Sunday Dispatch file photo

WYOMING — The 240th anniversary of the Battle of Wyoming will be commemorated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at at the Wyoming Monument National Historic Site, Wyoming Avenue, at the 140th annual observance sponsored by the Wyoming Commemorative Association.

The Wyoming Valley Concert Band will play from 10 to 10:30 a.m., with the observance ceremony starting immediately after.

The principal speaker at this year’s ceremony will be Clark Switzer, head of the Social Studies Department at the Wyoming Seminary Lower School. A graduate of Kong’s College, he holds a master’s degree from The University of Scranton. A recognized teacher and author on area history, Switzer has developed an academic curriculum on local history and DVDs on Wyoming Valley history.

Chairing the annual ceremony this year is Susan Shoemaker, Esq., of Wyoming. Rev. Bruce Gowe, of the Dorranceton Methodist Church, will offer the invocation and benediction.

The Wyoming Commemorative Association began holding an annual service at the Wyoming Monument in 1878 to mark the 100th anniversary of the American Revolutionary War battle. The speaker at that event was then U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Annual ceremonies have taken place every year since the first observance.

The event is free and open to the public and first come, first served tent-covered seating is available.

The 240th anniversary of the Battle of Wyoming will be commemorated Wednesday, July 4
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