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Kettle Creek commemoration set for weekend

Two upcoming events will honor soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War Battle of Kettle Creek.

The first event, called "Revolutionary Days," will commemorate the 227th Anniversary of the battle and will be held on Saturday at the Kettle Creek Battlefield in Washington, Ga.

"If you want to feel proud to be an American, come to the Kettle Creek Battlefield," said George Thurmond, president of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution.

The Battle of Kettle Creek was fought on Feb. 14, 1779. This year's commemoration will focus on the Memorial and Wreath Presentation Ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m., according to a press release from The Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution.

"We anticipate the attendees at the Battlefield Ceremony will exceed the over 500 people in attendance last year, including 65 who presented wreaths," Mr. Thurmond said.

"Revolutionary Days" will be different this year with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. at the library and ending at Washington Town Square. Living history exhibits in the Washington Town Square will follow a ceremony held at the Wilkes County Courthouse.

Author Christine Swager will lead a story time entitled "Life in the Backwoods," which will explain to children the significance of the Battle of Kettle Creek, said Celeste Stover, director of the Mary Willis Library.

The Washington Historical Museum will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where they will show exhibits in the Kettle Creek room. Chicken and Barbecue pork will be available for $8 a plate, including dessert and a drink, at the Kettle Creek Battlefield picnic area from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the McGill-Woodruff Center on North Bypass Highway 78 West. For more information, call the Mary Willis Library at (706) 678-7736.

More tributes also may be paid the following day at Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton. The park will commemorate Elijah Clark's role in the Battle of Kettle Creek from 2- 4:30 p.m. on February 12 at the park.

There will be a wreath laying ceremony at 2 p.m. at the grave site of Elijah Clark.

There also will be a film presentation depicting the pioneer life of Elijah Clark's wife, Hannah Clark, and a narrative, discussing the history of Kettle Creek at 2:45 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m., Mr. Bullard said.

The event is free, but there is a $3 cost for parking within the park. For more information, call Elijah Clark State Park at (706) 359-3458.

Web posted on Thursday, February 9, 2006

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