Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 11/07/12
Honor Our Nation's Veterans by Visiting America's Hallowed Historic Sites for Veterans Day
(Washington, D.C.) - On Veterans Day, Americans remember and honor members of our armed forces, thanking them for their service and sacrifice. This year, in observance of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, events scheduled at historic sites across the country pay homage to the soldiers who donned the blue and gray 150 years ago. Special commemorative events provide travelers with outstanding opportunities to become reacquainted with our nation’s historic shrines.
Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia: The site of the Camp Sumter military prison during the American Civil War, Andersonville now also honors all American prisoners of war. Visitors will experience the “Avenue of Flags’ display on Veterans Day at the historic prison site. Only flown five times a year, these flags adorn the path from the entrance gate to the park rostrum. In addition, November 11 marks the centennial of the Illinois Monument at Andersonville. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Virginia: Like Veterans Day, Remembrance Day — the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address — is another opportunity to remember and honor America’s veterans. A speaker’s forum, entitled “Years of Anguish: Struggle at Fredericksburg” and scheduled for Nov. 17 features three experts on the battle. This is also the inaugural event of the Fredericksburg 150th anniversary commemoration period, with more events, scheduled for December 10–17. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/frsp/sesquicentennial.htm.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tennessee: Fort Donelson, the site of Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s first big victory and rise to prominence, will offer a free concert by the Cumberland Winds to thank all men and women who have served their country. Commemorate the battle and remember the fallen along the banks of the Cumberland River. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/fodo/index.htm.
Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania: The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold its annual Remembrance Day parade on November 17, in conjunction with the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Foundation will sponsor the 10th Annual Remembrance Luminaria, where luminary candles placed on graves in the National Cemetery’s Civil War section illuminate the night. The activities continue on November 19 as famed director Steven Spielberg delivers keynote remarks at the 149th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia: See where the Atlanta Campaign began as you join in celebrating and honoring America’s veterans with a “boom” at Kennesaw Mountain. Experts will hold a live firing program and demonstration teaching visitors about the artillery used during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/kemo/index.htm.
Vermont Historical Society, Vermont: The Vermont Historical Society hosts a new exhibit at the Vermont Heritage Galleries called Service & Sacrifice: Vermont’s Civil War Generation. The exhibit opens Veterans Day and focuses on the change to Vermont as a result of the American Civil War. Featured artifacts include period photographs and various Civil War battle flags. For more information, visit http://www.vermonthistory.org/index.php/vermont-heritage-gallery.html.
Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi: The fall of this Gibraltar on the banks of the Mississippi River was a turning point in the American Civil War. On Nov. 10, the National Military Park offers visitors a chance to listen and honor the history of the city and battle. In observation of Veterans Day, the park will host a candlelight walk through the battlefield. Additionally, an annual Veterans Day parade ending at Vicksburg National Military Park is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm.
The Civil War Discovery Trail, a network of more than 600 sites in 32 states, the District of Columbia and three international destinations, is an excellent resource in planning visits this Veterans Day and beyond. Explore Civil War history and plan your next trip online at www.civilwardiscoverytrail.org.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 34,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.