November 1, 2013
Contact: Gloria Lee
, (912) 786-5787 Ext 104
Entrance fee waived for Veterans Day Weekend
To commemorate Veterans Day, the National Park Service will waive all entrance fees throughout Veterans Day weekend. Savannah’s national park – Fort Pulaski National Monument – will be fee free from Saturday, November 9 to Monday, November 11, 2013.
Fort Pulaski National Monument will honor our nation’s veterans with a full schedule of special activities in the historic fort. The 48th New York Infantry Regiment will recreate many aspects of daily life at a major Civil War-era post. A variety of programs will be offered throughout the weekend allowing visitors to learn about military inspections, mail calls, bayonet drills, barracks life, and infantry drills. A special military salute to veterans will be offered at 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 9.
The 48th New York Infantry was stationed at Fort Pulaski from June 1862 through June 1863. During their year-long stay, the unit remained vigilant, always prepared for a Confederate counter attack, an attack that never materialized. Their stay was documented in a series of early photographs that are displayed in exhibits throughout the park.
“The everyday life of the Civil War soldier has always been fascinating to the American public,” commented Superintendent Melissa Memory. “This weekend, we’ll bring that subject to life as a salute to the veterans of all conflicts who have served our country.”
The schedule for the weekend of Veterans Day is as follows:
Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:00 Company Drill
11:00 Cannon Demonstration
12:00 Guided Fort Tour
1:00 Special Program – The 48th New York Volunteers at Fort Pulaski
1:30 Quartermaster and Mail Call
2:00 Cannon Demonstration
3:00 Bayonet Drill & Musket Demonstration
4:00 Salute to Veteran’s Day
Sunday, November 10, 2013
9:00 Barracks Cleaning
10:00 Barracks Inspection
11:00 Guided Fort Tour
12:00 Baseball Game
1:00 Special Program – The 48th New York Volunteers at Fort Pulaski.
2:00 March out of Fort
3:00 Guided Fort Tour
Monday, November 11, 2013
10:30 Guided Fort Tour
12:00 Musket Demonstration
1:00 Ranger’s Choice (Subject of program varies)
2:00 Musket Demonstration
3:30 Guided Fort Tour
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. Learn more at www.nps.gov/fopu and visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/FortPulaskiNPS and Twitter www.twitter.com/FortPulaskiNPS.
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