For Immediate Release: 07/11/11

Trust President James Lighthizer Rings the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

Event highlights growing national attention for preservation issues during the Civil War sesquicentennial

(New York, N.Y.) – This afternoon, Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer will ring the ceremonial closing bell of the NASDAQ stock exchange.  The ceremony comes in conjunction with the Trust’s newly announced Campaign 150: Our Time, Our Legacy, which seeks to permanently protect an additional 20,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land during the 150th anniversary of that conflict.  In preparing for the bell ringing ceremony, Lighthizer made the following statement:

“The next four years mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — and our last, best chance to ensure that the blood-soaked ground of our America’s Civil War battlefields are forever protected.  These landscapes provide a tangible link to that tumultuous and defining moment in our nation’s history, but they are being destroyed at the alarming rate of 30 acres each day. 

“I am grateful for this unique opportunity to highlight or organization’s ambitious sesquicentennial goals and promote our proven vision for how public-private partnerships and funding can make this vision a reality.  If we act now, working together we can ensure that these hallowed grounds are available so that future generations may walk in the footsteps of heroes.”

Civil War Trust members and supporters are invited to watch the ceremony, beginning at 3:45 p.m., using Windows Media Player via the NASDAQ MarketSite webcam at:

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About the Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the sesquicentennial.


  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7205
  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7231

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