Cheryl to Keynote President Grant National Birthday Commemoration in NYC


National Park Service


U.S. Department of the Interior


General Grant National Memorial




President Grant Birthday Commemoration


11 a.m. – Noon, April 27, 2014


Please join the National Park Service and the United


States Military Academy at General Grant National


Memorial (“Grant’s Tomb”) as they commemorate the


192nd anniversary of President Ulysses S Grant’s birth.


The theme of this year’s commemoration is “The


Relevance of History.”


The keynote speaker will be nationally recognized


award-winning journalist for NY1 News Cheryl Wills.


She is the author of the recent book “Die Free: A Heroic


Family Tale,” which pays homage to the storied treasure of


her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, who fled


his slave master and fought valiantly as a member of the


United States Colored Troops from 1863–1865.


Remarks will also be given by Brigadier General Richard


D. Clarke, 74th Commandant of Cadets, United State


Military Academy at West Point, representing the


President of the United States Barack Obama, and Ulysses


Grant Dietz, descendant of President Grant, among a few


other noted speakers.


In addition, West Point Cadets will provide an honor


guard, fire a salute, and play taps. Wreaths will be laid


at the mausoleum where Grant and his wife, Julia Dent


Grant, are entombed.


In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony is moved


inside the mausoleum. The ceremony is open to the


public, and some seating is provided on a first-come


first-served basis.


Following the ceremony, from approximately 12:15 p.m.


to 12:30 p.m., Ms. Wills will be signing copies of her book,


which will be available at the visitor center across the


street from the mausoleum.


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