Hudson Valley celebrates Presidents day

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New Windsor and Newburgh were among the many Hudson Valley communities sponsoring events to celebrate the Presidents Day weekend. (Feb. 18, 2012)

From left, Mike McGurty, Grant Miller and Chad
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From left, Mike McGurty, Grant Miller and Chad Johnson -- all employees with the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site -- show how Revolutionary War soldiers marched in alignment during a Presidents Day celebration at the park. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Re-enactors fire muskets during a Presidents Day celebration
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Re-enactors fire muskets during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Crowds gather as re-enactors march and fire their
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Crowds gather as re-enactors march and fire their muskets during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

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Mike McGurty, an employee of the New Windsor
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Mike McGurty, an employee of the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, shows children how to handle a musket at the park during a Presidents Day celebration. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Mike McGurty, an employee with the New Windsor
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Mike McGurty, an employee with the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, explains how a cannon fires during during a Presidents Day celebration. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Members of the New York 5th Regiment fire
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Members of the New York 5th Regiment fire shots during a Presidents Day celebration at George Washington's former military headquarters in Newburgh. (Feb. 18, 2013)

A re-enactor shows off a cannon ball during
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A re-enactor shows off a cannon ball during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Mike McGurty, an employee with the New Windsor
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Mike McGurty, an employee with the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, fires a historic cannon during a Presidents Day celebration. (Feb. 18, 2013)

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People gather around a cannon to learn more
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People gather around a cannon to learn more about how it was used in the Revolutionary War during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

People listen to a presentation on the mechanics
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People listen to a presentation on the mechanics of fighting in a war using the historical muskets during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Examples of herbal medicine common during the Revolutionary
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Examples of herbal medicine common during the Revolutionary War are on display during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Volunteers show a British Brown Bess, a second-model,
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Volunteers show a British Brown Bess, a second-model, .75-caliber weapon made in England and used during the Revolutionary War, during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Children are given wooden replicas shaped like the
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Children are given wooden replicas shaped like the historical weapons and shown how to handle them during a Presidents Day celebration at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. (Feb. 18, 2013)

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George Washington, played by John Koopman III of
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George Washington, played by John Koopman III of Colchester, Conn., enters the room during a celebration of his birthday at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh. (Feb. 18, 2013)

People learn about the Revolutionary War during a
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People learn about the Revolutionary War during a presentation at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh. (Feb. 18, 2013)

George Washington, played by John Koopman III of
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George Washington, played by John Koopman III of Colchester, Conn., cuts a birthday cake decorated with the words "Happy Birthday George" during a celebration of Presidents Day at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh. (Feb. 18, 2013)

Bill Wieneckke of Mahopac watches and listens as
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Bill Wieneckke of Mahopac watches and listens as members of the New York 5th Regiment explain the uniforms and gear used during the Revolutionar War during a Presidents Day celebration at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh. (Feb. 18, 2013)

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