Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Scouting Groups invited to National Military Park Ceremonies
Scouting Groups invited to National Military Park Ceremonies
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 20:40:40 -0500
(receive a free patch!)
On May 29 there is going to be a series of events in the Vicksburg Nation=
Military Park commemorating their 100th anniversary.
Part of the ceremonies will be lighting luminaries on each grave in the
National Cemetery. All Scout Groups have been asked to participate in
placing the luminaries on the graves and picking them up the next morning.
The intent is to place the luminaries, let them burn till they burn out, =
then pick them up the next morning.
As part of the celebration, the Trails Commission will issue a special
centennial patch. For those who work on the luminary project, they will =
given a FREE limited edition version of the centennial patch. THE ONLY W=
TO EARN THIS PATCH IS TO PARTICIPATE IN PUTTING OUT THE LUMINARIES ON THE
29TH AND PICKING THEM UP ON SUNDAY MAY 30TH! For those of you that would
need to stay the night to complete this project, the Southern Cultural
Heritage Center will provide FREE lodging for any Boy Scout Groups wantin=
to stay indoors in the gymnasium (subject to occupancy limitations). For
those of you who wish to camp, facilities will be available at Vicksburg'=
Also, as part of the celebration, all Scouting Groups are invited to
participate in the "Parade of Veterans" through Vicksburg.
For More information, please contact me.
Yours in Scouting,
Chairman, Vicksburg Trails Commission
... a good ole Owl, too!
Below is the text of the message form Bill Nichols, Superintendent of the
Vicksburg National Military Park:
January 28, 1999
Vicksburg National Military Park will commemorate its 100th Anniversary w=
a series of events planned for Saturday May 29, 1999, featuring a "Parade=
Veterans" and a Grand Illumination.
The "Parade of Veterans" is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM in downtown
Vicksburg. Hundreds of Vicksburg / Warren County veterans who served in =
armed forces from between World War I and Desert Storm have been invited =
participate in the parade. Also planned for the parade are reenacting un=
from all American Wars from the colonial period to World War II, military
bands, antique military equipment, floats, and a fly over by military
aircraft. The parade would be followed by a memorial service at City
Auditorium and wreath laying ceremonies in Vicksburg National Cemetery.
At dusk, the Grand Illumination would begin as moir=E9 that 20,000 lumina=
pleased on each grave in the Vicksburg National Cemetery and at Soldier's
Rest in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery are lit. A driving route will
enable visitors to drive through the national cemetery where more than
17,000 Union Soldiers, most of them died during the Civil War in operatio=
along the Mississippi River, are buried. The route will take visitors
through the streets of Vicksburg an past many campsites of reenactment un=
form American Wars to Cedar Hill cemetery where Confederate soldiers who
died during the Siege of Vicksburg are interred.
For more information on these and other activities planned in conjunction
with the park's 100th Anniversary, call Park Historian Terry Winschel at
601-636-0583, or the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at
On behalf of the staff at Vicksburg National Military Park, thank you for
your support in "Commemorating American Valor".
William O. Nichols