On Saturday, May 25, 2019, Revolutionary War re-enactors and horses from the Second Continental Light Dragoons, Sheldon’s Horse (founded in Wethersfield in 1776) and Doughty’s Artillery will be encamped at the Keeney Center. They will participate in the Town’s time-honored Memorial Day Parade at 9 am and then return to the grounds of the Keeney Center with demonstrations and the firing of the canon. At noon, following the ceremony at the Ancient Burying Ground, there will be a short memorial tribute to Wethersfield native Navy Ensign Robert Allan Keeney and his service and sacrifice aboard the USS Indianapolis in the closing days of WWII. Appropriately, this memorial tribute will take place in front of the Keeney Center, the building that bears his name.
In conjunction with History Day for Families/Heritage Weekend, the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center will open at 9:00 am. WHS properties open for the season on this day as well. The Hurlbut-Dunham House next to the Keeney Center will also open early at 9:00 am for free tours. The Cove Warehouse Maritime will open at 1:00 pm. At 3:00 pm, Research Librarian Martha Smart will lead a special soldier-centric tour of the Ancient Burying Ground. The tour will meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot.