Museum remembers America's first fallen soldiers, sailors

Visitors displayed their gratitude for their service

Kimberly Adams
May 27, 2018 - 10:39 am
A historical interpreter talks to visitors at the American Revolution Museum.

Kim Adams | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Revolutionary War and its fallen soldiers were the focus of remembrance at the Museum of the American Revolution for Memorial Day weekend.

"I feel proud because people lived on this and they survived," marveled 14-year-old Ella as she boarded a replica privateer ship.

"It's really cool," added her friend Cameron.

These teens joined many at the museum honoring America's first fallen soldiers and American Revolution-era sailors Saturday. 

"We're going to unpack a sailor's sea chest once a day to see what sailors would've carried," explained museum spokesperson Tyler Putman.

Other highlighted items on display include the sword of fallen Revolutionary Gen. Hugh Mercer, the gravestone of Maryland Capt. Michael Cresap, and a leather cap that Capt. Lt. Benajah Carpenter was wearing when he was killed at the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776.

"We hope that people get a sense this period and these events and these people as real things and real people that actually happened," he added.

Visitor were also encouraged to post notes of gratitude to service members on a large panel, which made Navy vet Jerry Renna smile.

"We all appreciate the kind words that we hear from folks every day," he said. 

Events continue throughout the holiday weekend.