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Continental Village FD to Honor Revolutionary War Hero on July 4

Two active duty marines in the FD will lay a wreath on the grave of Captain Issac Conklin.

Independence Day is a time to celebrate freedom and those who have died fighting for that right. While fireworks and BBQs are a fun way to celebrate, the City of Peekskill Fire Department to honor war veterans and local heroes.

The Continental Village Fire Department will participate in the parade and is planning a stop at the grave of Revolutionary War hero Captain Issac Conklin in the church graveyard on South and Washington Streets, according to Robert Pidgeon, a Continental Village firefighter. Andrew and Rob Pepe, two members of that fire department who are active duty marines, will be laying a wreath on Conklin’s grave.

This is the first year the Continental Village Fire Deparment is doing this. "The first of many, I hope." said Pidgeon. "I thought it was appropriate that we being the Continental Village do this for a hero from the Continental Army."

Conklin died on Sept. 12, 1840, according to findagrave.com

Here is an excerpt of Conklin’s obituarty, as published in the Westchester and Putnam Republican on Tues., Sept. 15, 1840, according to findagrave.com:

Died on Saturday last the 12 th inst, in the 90th year of his age Capt Isaac Conklin an old and highly respected inhabitant of this village. He has for many years received a pension from Government as an honorable reward for his meritorious services in assisting to establish the liberties of his country which as a citizen he has uniformily exerted his best endevors to strengthn and perpetuate.he has been permitted to live to a good old age, and to have enjoyed the pleasing consolation of having realized the blessings which a free government imparts to it's citizens, to see it's towering enterprise unfolding its usefulness and it's character and advantages aknowledged by the civilized world.

Read more about Capt. Conklin here

robert pidgeon July 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
thank you liz
Not as clever as I think July 08, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Thankyou for printing this story <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QminQtOc1FY&feature=youtu.be">Continental Village Fire Dept Wreath Laying Video</a> What a special moment it was to have the true meaning of the parade brought home with such class. The Marine's salute to Capt Conklin, who at the age of 18 brought the gunpowder to the destitue Continental Army of General Gates who was facing the might of the British Army with the entire state of New York at risk. The brilliant fighting of Benedict Arnold ( before his bitter betrayal) This young hero personifies the bravery of the the Colonists in overthrowing the monarchy. The defeat of <a herf="http://americanhistoryalive.com/pages/about.html">General Burgoyne</a> At the Battle of Saratoga was a turning point of the war. That the Continental Village Fire Dept created that moment in what has become routine is an inspiring action. Thank You . Stephany Graham the pastor of the Peekskill Presbyterian Church and the congregation made the sadly neglected graveyard sparkle and reflect the honor of the souls intered therin. It is hoped the the story of this local unrecognized hero is to become part of the Peekskill and Cortlandt Manor school curriculum to inspire the children of this locale. Capt Conklin and his little sloop "The Clinton" need to be honored at the Peekskill waterfront as part of the importance of our neighborhood during this historic time
Not as clever as I think July 08, 2012 at 12:43 AM
add this correction to the previous comment please: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/71/Surrender_of_General_Burgoyne.jpg
Joel Baumwoll July 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Gene Baumwoll deserves thanks for his rediscovery of the neglected grave of this hero and promoting his memory to inspire this recognition of a local hero. That two young active duty Marines placed the wreath and saluted Conklin is touching, as these are the men who are risking their lives today for our protection. Joel Baumwoll Putnam Valley NY
Liz Giegerich July 09, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Thank you Gene for adding some great photos of the ceremony!

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