Heritage Day Goes Virtual

Many years ago, local schoolmaster, tavern keeper, store owner, and Oysterponds diarist, Augustus Griffin (1767-1866), began a tradition of the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.

That reading grew into Heritage Day, an annual celebration where the Oysterponds community (comprised of East Marion and Orient, NY) comes together to celebrate this great country of ours and, especially, Oysterponds.

Regrettably, an in-person Heritage Day is just not possible this year. But Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) and the community are hard at work producing a Virtual Heritage Day Parade—a parade consisting of photos and videos recreating the red, white and blue pageantry that we all would be otherwise experiencing in person on July 5th.

OHS is incorporating all the traditional elements of Heritage Day into a fun and celebratory virtual parade of patriotic images led by Orient Fire Department as Grand Marshall; the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Old Point Schoolhouse steps; the singing of God Bless America; the Pledge of Allegiance—and much more!

A link for this celebration will be posted on the http://oysterpondsshistoricalsociety.org website and OHS’s Facebook page, and will be emailed to OHS’s entire email list.

OHS will share the details as July 5 draws nearer.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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