The 2016 - 2017 N.S.C.A.R. National Theme is Freedom's Thunder. During the course of our nation’s history there have been many landmark events with long-term positive effects, however; only one holds the distinct claim of being the final liberation of our citizens. The siege of Yorktown was a series of battles that shook the foundation of the world’s ruling governments, set the stage for the beginning of a new independent nation, and bestowed liberty upon American citizens for all time. This last major land battle of the American Revolutionary war triggered the British surrender because it disabled the sizeable British forces of General Lord Cornwallis.

In September of 1781, a series of events enabled George Washington to successfully lead 20,000 Colonial and French forces against the British in Yorktown, Virginia. The French fleet, under the command of Admiral de Grasse, blocked British naval support from reaching the Chesapeake Bay and in the process isolated 8,000 entrenched British, Hessian and Loyalist forces. The Comte de Rochambeau commanded the French Army sent to America to aid the colonists. Washington and Rochambeau’s military strategy and command of the combined French and American Army units paved the way for this landmark victory. The bombardment of cannon was heard for miles as if a storm of massive thunder had enveloped the peninsula. The siege of Yorktown in October 1781 shook the world and forever cast off the yoke of oppression for our new nation.

The national project that will raise funds for the creation of an enhanced outdoor interpretive program at the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (ARMY). The Artillery and Firing Station will feature an educational program on the siege of Yorktown as well as firing demonstrations of the cannons.  C.A.R. will fund the procurement of artillery pieces as well as the creation of an educational program highlighting the soldier’s deeds, the efforts of our allies and leaders, all encompassed in a hands-on learning environment featuring artillery demonstration for persons of all ages.

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