May 29, 2016 3:13 PM

Live free or die: Upstate NY battlefield honors NH soldiers

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) - Saratoga National Historical Park is hosting a program on Memorial Day to honor the American soldiers who died fighting the British nearly 240 years ago.

Monday's event focuses on the sacrifices made by New Hampshire Continental Army and militia soldiers who died in the two battles fought at Saratoga in September and October 1777. British forces surrendered to the Americans in what many consider the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

Activities will include musket firing demonstrations and the reading of the names of New Hampshire men killed in the battles.

Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer says nearly 500 Americans were killed or wounded at Saratoga, where they were buried in unmarked graves. He says some of the soldiers were from New York, but the majority hailed from New England.

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