VERONA, NY – The Oneida Indian Nation, in partnership with Fort Stanwix and the Rome Historical Society (RHS), is planning a day of local history education events centered around the annual Battle of Oriskany Commemoration on Saturday, August 6th with New York State’s Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation agency.
Each year, the Oneida Indian Nation joins with its neighbors to commemorate the noble service and sacrifices of their respective ancestors at the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site. A significant turning point in the American Revolution, the Battle of Oriskany was fought on August 6, 1777, and is considered one of the bloodiest battles of the war.
The events begin at 4:00pm with The Pivotal Role of the Great Oneida Carry at the Oneida Carry Monument in Downtown Rome where Arthur Simmons, Executive Director of RHS, and a representative of the Oneida Indian Nation will discuss the history of the Great Oneida Carrying Place during the Revolutionary War. The Oneida Carry Monument is located at 301 W. Dominick Street, Rome, NY.
Following at 7:00pm will be the Annual Solemn Commemoration of the Battle of Oriskany at the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site. This annual ceremony is held in recognition of those who fought in the Battle of Oriskany on August 6th, 1777. It includes a re-enactment of the militia march, a musket salute in memory of the fallen, presentation of wreaths and ceremonial offerings, along with guest speakers. The Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site is located at 7801 NY Route 69, Oriskany, NY.
At 8:30pm, the Oneida Indian Nation Movie Night will take place at Fort Stanwix inside the Fort. The event will feature the award-winning animated film “My Home: An Oneida Legend,” as well as the documentary, “The People of the Standing Stone: The Oneida Indian Nation, the War for Independence, and the Making of America.” Fort Stanwix is located at 200 N. James St, Rome, NY.