Watchfires by Dawn’s Early Light

The annual watchfires were lit up around Rockland County Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at midnight in honor of America’s war dead. At 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, the traditional Memorial Day, the fires still were churning, even though the flame had taken out most of the fire’s height.

Seen here are photos from Haverstraw’s Bowline Park watchfire blaze as well as the wood stack that stood prior to the blaze’s force consumed the timber.

Watchfires were also set in Orangetown and Pomona. It’s a tradition that dates back 25 years now in Rockland County, in honor of the original watchfires George Washington set as signals to warn of British troop movement.