Friday, December 16, 2011

Orangetown, Rich in History

Orangetown We Hail

A vision held within each heart
From which a righteous quest had its start
Freedom's plea with words defined
Orangetown Resolutions, July 4, 1774 were signed
The Declaration of Independence to follow its path
Man to be beyond oppression, domination and wrath
Major Andre, Benedict Arnold conspiracy and travail
Be it Truth and Justice ever to prevail
Washington-Carleton papers in 1783 signed and sealed
The heart and pulse of freedom in words revealed
And so declared a nation new to soar
A seventeen gun salute at Snedens shore
Snedens Landing in memorial be
A beacon holding fast Freedom's decree
Rich lands for labor and toil
Bounty and abundance from land and soil
Enterprise, invention, production to serve need and desire
Each vision alight with Freedom's flame and fire
And with freedom's defense and call anew
Be there World War II
From Camp Shanks soldiers to foreign shores they be
Hold they dear the protected right to live Free
Change during years past and present to prevail
Orangetown, Rich in History, we with heart hail.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Photo: Courtesy of :

Video clip with Rose Marie Raccioppi presenting poem to the Orangetown Town Board
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Raccioppi Shares Introduction to Orangetown History - Pearl River, NY Patch


  1. How exciting to hear you read part of your work! Quite a tribute to Orangetown! So much history in the northeast!

  2. Theanne, Thank You for viewing. It was a most wonderful evening. The reporter was very kind, expressing his pleasure with the presentation. I am appreciative of his coverage. Holiday Hugs on their way!!

  3. You're welcome Rose Marie and Holiday Hugs back to you!

  4. Theanne, I enjoyed my visit to your blogs and will plan to visit more often ... great look...great content... great going. :-)