Junior Rangers Invited to Walk Yorktown Battlefield

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The Yorktown Battlefield is hosting children age 14 and under for National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)
The Yorktown Battlefield is hosting children age 14 and under for National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

The National Park Service is hosting a free walk of the Yorktown Battlefield for National Junior Ranger Day, which is an annual recognition of America’s future.

Children 14 and under, accompanied by an adult, can participate in a ranger-led walk of the battlefield 11:15 a.m. Saturday, beginning and ending at the Yorktown Battlefield visitor center.

All attendees must register between 9 and 11 a.m. prior to the walk at the information desk in the visitor center. There is no charge to participate and no admission fees to the park for Junior Ranger Day.

The Yorktown Visitor Center will accept the first 100 registrants only, not including accompanying adults.

The ranger will share stories about the battle, the battlefield and famous historical figures. The approximately 1.5-mile walk takes about two hours to complete.

Completion of the walk will earn each participant a free commemorative pin and certificate.

Participants are encouraged to bring totes or backpacks and a snack. Cold water will be provided at the halfway point and end of the walk.

Participants also are encouraged to use sunscreen and wear an appropriate hat and closed-toed shoes or boots. Participants in sandals will not be allowed on the walk.

The Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. In the fall of 1781, Gen. George Washington and allied American and French forces besieged Gen. Charles Lord Cornwallis’ British army. Cornwallis surrendered Oct. 19 effectively ending the war and ensuring independence.