Quinten Tiffany is pretty sure he was the only person with a tattoo of the Wyoming Monument on hand at Thursday’s annual service at the memorial to the Revolutionary War battle that occurred here.
Tiffany got the tattoo years ago while feeling homesick living in Michigan.
Few things, he said, bond him to the area more than the monument along Wyoming Avenue, dedicated to the 300 American patriots who died in the Battle of Wyoming, also called the Wyoming Massacre.
Three of Tiffany’s ancestors fought in the battle - Elihu Williams Sr., who was his fifth or sixth great-grandfather, and Williams’ two sons, Elihu Jr. and Rufus. Williams’ sons were killed in action and their names are etched in the monument’s stone.
Tiffany, 33, an Exeter native who now lives in Laceyville, said he wanted something that would always make him think of home.
“I was living in Michigan and got homesick. I thought what could connect me with back home? So I chose the monument,” said Tiffany, who has a tattoo of the monument on his left calf.
Thursday’s event was the 141st annual commemorative service of the battle to recognize the 241st anniversary of the battle, which occurred on July 3, 1778.
Hundreds attended the event in the extreme heat, watching as descendants of Battle of Wyoming soldiers laid wreaths at the monument.
Among those to lay floral tributes were the Tunkhannock Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as the Sons of the American Revolution.
Revolutionary War re-enactors Joe Clarke and Mark Walter, who are SAR members, also represented the 24th Connecticut Militia and paid tribute to their late commander, Harry Stephens, who died in March.
Featured speaker was H. Edward Muendel, whose great-great grandfather Asa Stevens died in the battle.
“My ancestor is buried underneath that monument,” Muendel told the crowd. “It’s more of an honor for me to be here than for you to hear what I have to say.”
Muendel, co-founder and former chairman of Stanton Chase International, an executive search and management consulting firm with offices in 45 countries, told the crowd about a film he’s releasing about the Battle of Wyoming, called “Susquehanna.”
The Battle gave rise to a Revolutionary War maneuver, now known as Sullivan’s March which the following year in 1779 followed the course of the Susquehanna River (through today’s Wyoming County) as it attempted to respond to the horrific massacre.
Examiner editor Robert Baker also contributed to this story.