March 26, 2012
These plaques are among a number adorning a wall at Yorktown's Riverwalk Landing to memorialize events and people related to Yorktown, presidents born in Virginia or who visited Yorktown. Pictured are Presidents George Washington and Ronald Reagan; Compte De Rochambeau and Compte De Grasse, Frenchmen who assisted in the revolution; and the USS Yorktown. Plaques not shown feature presidents born in Virginia, in addition to the first President, George Washington, are Thomas Jefferson, 3rd; James Madison, 4th, James Monroe, 5th, William Henry Harrison, 9th; John Tyler, 10th; Zachary Taylor, 12th; and, Woodrow Wilson, 26th. In addition to President Reagan, other Presidents not born in Virginia who are memorialized are Chester A. Arthur, 21st, who visited for the centennial celebration in 1881, and Herbert Hoover, 31st, who visited for the sesquicentennial in 1931. Other, non-presidents celebrated on the wall include the Marquis De Lafayette, a French nobleman who assisted in the revolution and Friederick Von Steuben, a military teacher who led a division at the battle at Yorktown in 1781.