Guess Which Solidier is Me

Last April I posted a story about how I came across an advertisement for a documentary film I was part of during the US Bicentennial in 1976 ( The organization I have belonged to since 1969 is called The Brigade of the American Revolution. My unit is called the First New York Regiment. The Brigade has been used in countless such documentaries and films due to the absolute authenticity of the uniforms, accoutrements and depiction of the military of the time. Filmmakers know that by using our group they have the historical accuracy covered, as well as the cost savings of not having to produce all the uniforms that would be needed or training random actors.

This 3:47 minute clip is from the larger 1-hour documentary called “Don’t Tread on Me!” by producer Jack Ofield.  For whatever reason, I suspect it was my young age, the director chose to focus on me during the filming. I had no idea this was happening and as I stated in my earlier post, I was surprised to see my photo used as on the promotional material for the film. To be able to finally see the finished product 36 years later brings back many fond memories. My family got a kick out of it too!

Most of this clip was filmed at The New Windsor Cantonment in New Windsor, New York, which is a NY State historic site and the location where Gen. George Washington disbanded the continental army in 1783 (

Hope you enjoy the clip. Hint: Start paying close attention at the 2:02 mark!

About Legislator John G. Testa

John G. Testa, a life-long resident of Peekskill, began his first term on the Westchester County Legislature in January 2010. Prior to his successful run for the District 1 Legislative seat, he served 3 terms as Mayor of Peekskill from January 2002 until December 2007. Before becoming mayor he also served a four-year term as a Councilman. From his first days in office Testa worked tirelessly to set the City on the path of economic stability. Peekskill flourished under this plan, increasing the city fund balance to its highest in history. During John’s tenure in office, the NY State Comptroller’s Office named Peekskill one of the most fiscally sound municipalities in the State; independent auditors proclaimed Peekskill as being in its best fiscal condition in over 30 years; and Moody’s Investor Service agreed to upgrade its bond rating, resulting in further savings. The plan he put in place was so successful that it enabled the City of Peekskill to pass three budgets in a row with a 0% tax increase. These fiscal skills will prove valuable to Testa as he works to put the brakes on what has been wildly escalating county spending and unchecked government growth. He has pledged his efforts to work to consolidate services, eliminate wasteful spending and improve efficiency. In addition to the fiscal conservatism that served Peekskill so well, Testa worked to promote the city, attracting investment, jobs and an increased tax base. Over $100 million of private investment came to Peekskill in the forms of new residential construction, retail space, and the redevelopment of historic structures. As Mayor, Testa led a successful battle to stop the unfair and unsafe plan to send sewage to the Peekskill plant from outside the sewage/water district. John’s roots are deep within the soil of Northern Westchester. His father’s family has lived here for more than a century and his mother’s family is nearing that mark. He is proud that he was born in Peekskill and has lived and worked here all his life and, with his wife Nancy raised their two children here.
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