The Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site was the place to be on Aug. 6 for the solemn commemoration ceremony honoring the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany. This Battle was one of the bloodiest engagements of the American Revolution.

The Fayetteville-Owahgena National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and 13 other chapters, including SAR and CAR, participated in the presentation of wreaths and ceremonial offerings.

The program consisted of musket and cannon salute to the fallen with special guest speaker Renee L. Roman Nose, of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, whose topic was “Remembering the Widows and Orphans of War.” Brian Patterson, Men’s Council and Bear Clan representative from the Oneida Indian Nation, also sang a song of healing.