Volume 20, Number 40 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | September 29 - October 5, 2010
Hale honored on anniversary of execution
Revolutionary war hero Nathan Hale was honored last Wednesday in a ceremony at City Hall Park. The event marked the 234th anniversary of Hale’s execution at the hands of the British soldiers in 1776.
A wreath was laid at the foot of the 13-foot bronze statue of Hale depicting the 21-year-old patriot’s final moments. The statue was dedicated in 1893 and was a gift to the city from the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York. Hale was a young schoolteacher and army captain that volunteered as a spy for George Washington. His reputed last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” were an inspiration throughout the colonies as well as to the beleaguered citizens of New York City, which had only days earlier been occupied by the British.
The Color Guard of The Sons of the Revolution of New York State presented some of their historic Revolutionary War flags. The Veteran Corps of Artillery provided historic field music. Representatives from the Nathan Hale Homestead of Coventry, Connecticut also participated in the event.
Following a pledge of allegiance, the Mayor’s Proclamation was read by Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner William T. Castro and students from New York City public schools performed ceremonial tributes.
— Joseph M. Calisi