Watch fires

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Another Memorial Day tradition here in Piermont are so-called Watch Fires, which were used in the Revolutionary War to signal the cease fire and help scattered troops find their way home.

In 1987, a group of local vets decided to reinstate the tradition, setting fire to a pile of logs stacked 21 x 21 x 21 at midnight on May 30. The fires burn for 24 hours at four locations across the county.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to stay up that late, but I did manage to snap a picture of the very impressive wood pile a few days before it was lit.

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