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Friends of Historic New Utrecht


BROOKLYN -  Veterans organizations in Brooklyn and beyond are invited to participate in the annual New Utrecht Liberty Weekend Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, in Bensonhurst.

Sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, the New Utrecht Liberty Pole Association and the New Utrecht Reformed Church, Liberty Weekend is held on the grounds of the 327-year-old church where for the first time the sanctuary has been closed for extensive repair and restoration. Each year hundreds of visitors participate in the weekend activities, including a band concert and parade.

Among the events this year is a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of D-Day on Sunday, June 6.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, visitors to the historic church complex, at 84th St. (Liberty Pole Blvd.) and 18th Ave., can walk through a Living History Civil War Encampment prepared by the 14th Brooklyn Regiment, Company H on the church lawn, featuring the Cannon of Winslow Battery D. Historical displays will be presented in the Parish House.

Tours of the church's Old New Utrecht Cemetery, dating from 1654, will be given Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. The  cemetery is at 16th Ave. and 85th St.

Saturday at 7:15 p.m., the Interschool Orchestra Concert Band under the direction of Brian P. Worsdale performs on the church lawn.

The parade will be held Sunday along 84th St. from the church grounds to the cemetery following an 11 a.m. all-faith worship service in the Parish House. A ceremony will be held at the Nathaniel Woodhull Monument in the cemetery. Veterans who would like to join in the observances are asked to call the Friends of Historic New Utrecht at 1-718-256-7173.

Closing ceremonies will be held at the 106-foot-high Liberty Pole, the last of its kind in the nation, on the church front lawn.

More information about the church history, the campaign to raise funds for historic restoration, and other ways to learn about and help preserve the history of Brooklyn is available at www.historicnewutrecht.org or by sending inquiries to mail@historicnewutrecht.org.


                                                        May-June 2004


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