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NY DAR to commemorate 1776 Lake Champlain battle

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The Daughters of the American Revolution will be holding a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate a key naval battle fought on the Lake Champlain 236 years ago.

Thursday afternoon's ceremony at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh will honor the Americans who fought the British in the Battle of Valcour, the name of the island off the lake's western shore.

It was there on Oct. 11, 1776, that an outnumbered American fleet thrown together by Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold at present-day Whitehall was defeated by the British. But Arnold's surviving ships managed to escape after delaying the redcoats' advance down the lake.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports that the Saranac Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is commemorating the battle for the 117th year.

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