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Peterborough

Remembering  the Revolution

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture will continue an 87-year tradition with its annual Independence Day ceremony with the reading of the Declaration of Independence, the flag raising and a historical tribute on Thursday at 10 a.m.

The Naval Sea Cadets will raise the flag and Elizabeth Ring-Fortin will sing the Star Spangled Banner. This year, the Declaration will be read by several people spanning the generations with a child, a teenager and adults.

Local actor and Monadnock Center member Rob Koch will portray Robert Wilson, proprietor of Peterborough’s first tavern and a major in the Revolutionary War. In April 1775, the townspeople gathered at Wilson’s Tavern when they heard of the battle at Lexington. He led a contingent of Peterborough men, some armed only with pitchforks, south to Massachusetts and the start of the Revolution.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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