Vt. state holiday marks Revolutionary War battle

Vermont is celebrating the anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle, called the Battle of Bennington, with a state holiday. Friday was Bennington Battle Day. The battle is being celebrated Friday and Saturday in Bennington and at the Bennington Battle Monument with a running race, cannons, and military reenactors. The monument, Vermont’s tallest man-made structure, was built to commemorate the 1777 battle in which General John Stark and Colonial troops fought British troops to protect military supplies stored in Bennington, though the battle took place in New York.