Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today, on the anniversary of General John Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga in 1777, called on the Secretary of the Navy to name a United States Navy-commissioned vessel in honor of the Battles of Saratoga.

“In New York’s 21st District, we are proud of our history and believe it deserves to be honored, as it so often has been in the past. The Battles of Saratoga should continue to be celebrated and remembered as a critical moment in securing American independence,” Stefanik wrote.

In the letter, Stefanik mentioned that the U.S. Navy has named six prominent Navy ships after the Battles of Saratoga, but the last of these ships was decommissioned in 1994.

“As the 250th anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga approaches in 2027, I encourage you to continue this tradition and name a new U.S. Navy ship after Saratoga to honor this historic battle and memorialize its significance in American democracy,” Stefanik continued.

The Battles of Saratoga took place from September 19-October 7, 1777 over control of the Hudson River Valley. British General John Burgoyne surrendered to the American Continental Army on October 17, 1777. This marked the turning point of the American Revolution and laid the groundwork for victory over the British.

Read the full letter here.