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July 11, 2007

Willimantic presentation....

Greetings Patriots and Friends of AMtY, the joy of the day to you, and yours...

What a most pleasant evening just passed, at the Willimantic Public Library. The evening there was devoted to a presentation, by Keleigh Shumbo, with good help from daughter Dana, along with Marcher Dave Fagerberg. We were pleasantly reminded of Friends made, miles traversed, and tears shed, during last years America's March to Yorktown. As most of you may recall, Keleigh and children, after finding the March in Connecticut, joined with the marchers at Philipsburg, NY and stayed on the trail with them for approx 2 weeks or so, down to Philadelphia, Pa. This was a night of recollection of their experience with us.

Another pleasant surprise, it should be noted, was the arrival of Dr. Robert Selig, primary researcher of the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Road. It was Dr. Selig's meticulous research that was of so much value to the AMtY organization in following the W3R from Newport, RI to Yorktown, Va.

Also, a most unexpected pleasant surprise was the arrival of Dr. Richard Deseauriers, as well. Doc Richard, as we called him, twice joined the marchers here in Connecticut on two very long and exhaustive days of march. You can read about Dr. Richard, Keleigh Shumbo and children, in the Daily Log section of the marchtoyorktown.org web site. Look at March Date, Wednesday, June 21, Day #5. Both joined with us initially on the March from Windham to Bolton, CT, known as Camps 4 & 5. I should add that Dr. Richard is past his 70th year, by some measure,(I can not tell) and in most excellent health. T'was almost like 'old home week' for the AMtY folks on hand.

The program was presented, questions answered, tea served. As we seperated and went off into the night, only the fond memories of those past experiences were brighter than the streetlamps that lit our way home......

I Remain,
At Your Service,
Richard Swartwout
Chair, AMtY