President Theodore Roosevelt’s 153rd birthday will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Oyster Bay, with National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis participating in the festivities.
Jarvis, the 18th Director of the NPS, will take part first in the annual Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony at Young’s Memorial Cemetery where the beloved President was laid to rest. After the ceremony, Jarvis will head to a special program at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site for the transferral of a Roosevelt relic to the Sagamore Hill archival collection.
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The annual Presidential Wreath Laying ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Young’s Memorial Cemetery and include a color guard from the Quentin Roosevelt Foreign Legion Post #4 and representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as elected officials, active duty Navy personnel from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, National Park Service staff, local Boy Scouts and the second grade class from Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.
The ceremony will include the posting of colors, the presentation of the Presidential Wreath, a song from the school children and the playing of taps by a Boy Scout Bugler to end the ceremony.
Roosevelt’s Birthday celebration continues at Sagamore Hill National Park on the porch of the Roosevelt home at approximately 10:45AM. Director Jarvis will be joined by National Park Foundation President Neil Mulholland, Theodore Roosevelt Association Past President Norman Parsons and Sagamore Hill NHS Superintendent Thomas Ross for the presentation of a 1903 hand written note card to the National Park Service.
The note card was written during Roosevelt’s 8-week train tour of the western United States in 1903. Roosevelt toured 25 states, two territories and covered approximately 14,000 miles visiting National Parks such as Yellowstone and Yosemite. The note card sends loving wishes to Roosevelt’s young son Quentin and even contains a sketch of a pack mule..
Lastly, the Roosevelt Birthday celebration would not be complete without an appearance by Theodore Roosevelt himself – as portrayed by nationally recognized re-enactor James Foote.
The public is welcome to view the note card after the transfer ceremony along with other Roosevelt relics on display during normal Museum hours, Wednesday through Sunday, currently 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Sagamore Hill staff can be contacted at (516) 922-4788 and their mailing address is 20 Sagamore Hill Road Oyster Bay, NY 11771.
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