WYOMING, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  One by one, civic and veterans organizations paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during America’s road to freedom.

    Etched with the names of those who died, the Wyoming Monument serves as a symbol of what historians call one of the most important battles of the American revolution.

“When word got back to England about what happened here and also Cherry Valley and Mohawk valley new York, British public opinion started to turn against continuing the war” Said Stephen Killian, of the Wyoming Commemoration Association,

    The massacre, which took place on July 3rd 1778, involved the 24th Connecticut Militia and settlers on one side and British loyalist and the Iroquois Indian confederation on the other.
            The day is about continuing the memory of the approximately 200 died in the fighting and subsequent massacre defending their homes.
    Monday’s service included a concert and a presentation of standards.
“Some of the descendants of those who died in the battle of Wyoming are here today to pay tribute.”

    Heather Ruseskas is with the civic organization, Daughters of 1812.
“I’m lucky because of everyone in our chapter has an ancestor who participated in the American revolution but that I can come to the place where my ancestor participated, overwhelming is the word”

    To others, the holiday weekend is not just about celebrating this nation’s independence.
“The descendants of these people and the people that did die here, its letting them know they will never be forgotten” Said Len Luba, a Navy Veteran