A colonial moment
Festival celebrates Exeter's role in the founding of the nation
Hady Alawa, 5, of East Hampstead, a member of the Lincoln Minute Men, adjusts his hat during remarks by Gen. George Washington during Saturday's American Independence Festival in Exeter. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
The 23rd annual American Independence Festival brought Colonial militia and British troops together to battle on Swasey Parkway in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, a procession was held when Gen. George Washington and the Declaration of Independence arrived on horseback.
Gov. Maggie Hassan, an Exeter resident, was among the speakers at the festival.
Even in the heat, Wyskiel said he still got the chills when he heard the Declaration of Independence being read from the cannon stage.
The event is just as educational and exciting for those who dress up for their roles.
Maan Alawa, 17, of East Hampstead played the drums with the Lincoln Minute Men Fife and Drum. It's a role he took on in 2009 with other family members. The latest to join was his younger brother, Hady, 5.
"It's nice, except for the sweltering heat," he said.
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