Norwich pays tribute to the figure of the American Revolution

Chaplin re-enactors Mary and Neil Muckenhoupt walk to the grave of Samuel Huntington on Thursday July 14, 2022 at Old Norwichtown Cemetery in Norwich. The Norwich Area Veterans Council held a Bastille Day wreath laying ceremony in honor of Huntington, who served as the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation during the American Revolution , and 20 unidentified French soldiers buried in the cemetery in 1778. (Daniel Passapera/Spécial à la jour)

Members of the Norwich Area Veterans Council, Huntington Homestead Museum and visitors attend a wreath laying ceremony on Bastille Day Thursday, July 14, 2022, in honor of Samuel Huntington, the first president of the United States under the Articles of Confederation during the American Revolution, and 20 unidentified French soldiers buried in 1778 at Old Norwichtown Cemetery in Norwich. (Daniel Passapera/Special for the day)

John Waggoner, former Chairman of the Norwich Area Veterans Council, lays a wreath at the grave of Samuel Huntington, the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation during the American Revolution, Thursday, July 14, 2022, which is Bastille Day, at Old Norwichtown Cemetery in Norwich. The Board of Veterans also honored 20 unidentified French soldiers who were buried in Norwichtown in 1778. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)

Norwich Area Veterans’ Council’s, left to right, John Waggoner, Brian Hague and Mayor of Norwich Peter Nystrom pay their respects to Samuel Huntington, the first President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation during the American Revolution, at the cemetery Old Norwichtown on Thursday 7 July 14, 2022, which is Bastille Day, in Norwich. The Board of Veterans also honored 20 unnamed French sailors who were buried in Norwichtown in 1778. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)

Huntington Homestead Museum board member Pauline Merrick pauses to reflect at Old Norwichtown Cemetery in Norwich on Thursday July 14, 2022, which is Bastille Day, following a ceremony which paid tribute to 20 unidentified French soldiers who were buried in Norwichtown in 1778. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)

A wreath lies in front of the graves of 20 unidentified French soldiers who were laid to rest in Norwichtown in 1778, following a ceremony on Thursday July 14, 2022, which is Bastille Day, organized by the Veterans Council of Upper Norwich at the Old Norwichtown Cemetery in Norwich. (Daniel Passapera/Special for the day)

Norwich ― The Norwich Area Veterans Council held a Bastille Day wreath laying ceremony on Thursday in honor of Samuel Huntington, a native of the city and the first President of the United States under the Articles of the Confederacy during the American Revolution, and of 20 unidentified French soldiers buried in 1778 at Old Norwichtown Cemetery.