City to join General Dodge Day events

JOHNSTOWN – The city will be joining the General Dodge Day downtown celebration Sept. 21, an event that will include a historical ceremony, parade and other activities.

“That’s going to be a big event,” 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin told the Common Council last week at City Hall.

The council passed a resolution to endorse the event for coverage under the city’s liability insurance policy.

Martin, the tourism/special events committee chairwoman, told the council General Dodge Day is being sponsored by the Johnstown Historical Society and supported by the city.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter noted Dodge, a Revolutionary War general, is buried at the Colonial Cemetery on Green Street in the city. A dedication ceremony and installation of new cemetery stones for Dodge and his wife will take place Sept. 21.

Martin said cannons will be fired and there will be speakers and a small parade downtown.

“It’s going to be a fun day with re-enactors,” she said. “We stand to have a sizable amount of people in Johnstown on Sept. 21.”

Cotter said Dodge family descendents are slated to come to Johnstown from across the country, including California and New Mexico, to witness the activities.

According to the Dodge Family Association website, re-enactors will arrive at the Drumm House on Green Street at 9 a.m., and there will be a “mini-encampment” through the day. St. John’s Episcopal Church will be open for tours that morning. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be speakers in the band shell in Sir William Johnson Park on West Main Street

The website says troops will assemble at 1:30 p.m. at the grave of Sir William Johnson in the park. A procession to the cemetery on Green Street will follow. There will be a dedication of new tombstones for Richard Dodge and his wife, Ann Sara Irving Dodge, with a benediction by the Rev. Laurie Garramone of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Wreath-laying ceremonies by individual groups are slated, along with cannon and musket salutes.

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