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Spirit of '76 Enjoys a Rebirth in Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pleasantville residents hoping to sleep in Friday morning may have been awakened by the sound of drums as Revolutionary War re-enacters from Bedford Road School marched through the village.

Dressed as Continental soldiers, dozens of flag-bearing fourth-grades left the school at 8:45 a.m. to be led up Manville Road to Soldiers and Sailors Park by parent volunteers.

“It’s a lot of fun. The kids love it,” said parent volunteer Steve Lord. “I started doing this when my daughter was in fourth grade, and now she’s about to be in high school. But they asked me to do it.”

Lord and other parent volunteers were all business, though, once they reached the fields. Trying to replicate an 18th century military encampment, students were quickly put to work and instructed on farming, pitching a tent, drumming, shooting and more.

“That’s my whole job in this. To make them understand that this is not a playdate,” said Lord, who played the role of a sergeant major.

The re-enactment was moved to Friday after being rained out Wednesday. Each fourth grade class, which was its own regiment, was broken into three platoons, each led by a corporal. The remaining members of the platoon were privates.

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