Tappan celebrates Major Andre

Dated: 09/25/2011

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     On Monday, October 3, I'll be in my Revolutionary War uniform, marching a group of fourth graders from Cottage Lane elementary school in Blauvelt up Andre Hill in Tappan.  At the top of the hill there is the monument to Major John Andre, the British spy who was executed there on that date in 1780.  He was buried where he died, and his body remained there for fifty years, until it was removed to Westminster Abbey in London.  The monument was erected by Cyrus Field, who completed the first transatlantic telegraph cable.  Fields felt that with the development of Anglo-American friendship, what should be remembered was Andre's courage as he faced his end, and that is what we will do next week.

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Thano Schoppel

I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....

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