YORKTOWN, Va., July 19, 2016 – A British flag of the 18th century will be raised Saturday, July 23, at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt on Yorktown Battlefield in a ceremony jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement history museums. The flag will be presented by retired British Army Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, who served in the 1990s as commanding officer of the 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers, a regiment dating to the 17th century, also known as the 23rd Regiment of Foot. At the 1781 Siege of Yorktown, the Welch Fusiliers held off two attempts by French forces to take their position prior to the British surrender.
The Welch Fusiliers Redoubt is directly across Route 1020 (Water Street) from the Yorktown Victory Center, where the event will start at 10:30 a.m. on July 23 with a procession to the redoubt led by the York Town Fifes and Drums and Yorktown Victory Center historical interpreters representing Continental Army soldiers. The procession will be met at the redoubt by 23rd Regiment of Foot re-enactors.
The half-hour program includes an introduction by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education Peter Armstrong, remarks by General Riley and Colonial National Historical Park Acting Deputy Superintendent Jim Brown, and an artillery salute to accompany the raising of the flag. General Riley, who served in the British Army from 1973 to 2009, is the author of “‘That Astonishing Infantry’: The History of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1689-2006.” The flag, a gift of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum Trust, is a hand-stitched reproduction of a British flag that would have been flown in 1781.
The ceremony is open to the public. Parking is available at the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in mid-October. For more information about the museum, visit hif.ciniva.net. For information about Yorktown Battlefield, visit www.nps.gov/colo.