of Fort Griswold
Groton, CT 06340
9th Libation Memorial Ceremony
for Veterans at Fort Griswold
In recognition of Veteranʼs Day, on Sunday, November 9, at 1:00 P.M., the Friends of Fort Griswold will
sponsor a traditional Libation Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony will be conducted by Sheldonʼs Horse, The Second Continental
Light Dragoons at the City War Memorial in front of the Groton Monument , Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton .
The Libation Memorial Ceremony dates back to the age of the Romans. It is the pouring of a wine libation over the grave
of a fallen warrior and asking him to drink in spirit with those present and serves as a link between the warrior and those
present. Veterans in attendance are invited to participate in the ceremony.
of Sheldonʼs Horse will be in full colonial military uniform, and accompanying women will be in period colonial attire.
Sheldon's Horse, The Second Continental Light Dragoons is the first commissioned cavalry regiment of the United States , commissioned
December 12, 1776, and is still classified as an active military unit. This unit served as the eyes of the Army during most
of the American Revolution and formed the nucleus of Washington .
Members of Sheldonʼs Horse will be in full colonial
military uniform, and accompanying women will be in period colonial attire.
Today this ceremony is conducted out of respect for those who have given so much so that we may enjoy the freedoms
we have. The ceremony is used to remind us of the obligation to hold in respect and honor those who have defended this country
so well in the past, and those defending it today.
The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Veterans are encouraged to attend.