This last Saturday, I volunteered to assist again with the illumination of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery program. This was the 22nd annual Luminaria program of the National Park Service (NPS) conducted by the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park unit. It was a fitting end to my five part series on the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. On the same evening, a similar remembrance ceremony was held at Fredericksburg’s Confederate Cemetery. This remembrance was sponsored by Fredericksburg Ladies’ Memorial Association, honoring the more than 3,550 Southern soldiers interred there.
Below are a few photos taken the evening of May 27th. In all, there were seven stations for visitors to pass through during the evening of reflection and remembrance of the men. Taps was sounded between 8 PM and 11 PM every half hour. The programs presented at each station highlighted soldiers who were killed at the battles of the Civil War, 150 years ago. They also highlighted one individual who was killed during WWI. Despite one short rain shower, visitors could stay as long as they liked on this special night. Almost 5,500 visitors were in attendance during the evening.
On a future Memorial Day, I will select another cemetery associated with the Civil War. But for now, we remember.