Monday, July 14, 2008

Unity Drum Assists In Presidential Wreath Laying

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The Unity Drum, a drumming circle of Mohegans and members of other Indian tribes, performed yesterday during the wreath laying ceremony at the Norwich tomb of Samuel Huntington, the first president of the Continental Congress.

Yesterday's ceremony was attended by city historian Bill Stanley, the First and Second Governor’s Horse Guard and several dignitaries. Norwich historian Thomas Fleming spoke and Ct. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal praised Stanley's efforts.

This year will mark the fourth formal wreath laying at former President Huntington's tomb in what has become a local effort to attract public recognition for the ten men who served as presidents of the Continental Congress.

Technically, they were presidents of the United States under our first Constitution, Stanley told the Norwich Bulletin. Last week marked 277 years since the birth of Pres. Samuel Huntington.

Pres. Huntington was also one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. His tomb is in Norwich's Colonial Cemetary.

Stanley led the project to restore the tomb but thanked the people of Norwich, the banks, public works, the Mohegan Tribe and others for their participation in the restoration effort.