Symbols of Sacrifice

Field of flags with 1840s guard on patrol

Field of Flags with 1840s guard on patrol

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1stInfantry Division Band's Brass Quintet Concert Highlights Symbols of Sacrifice Remembrance

Fort Scott National Historic Site (FSNHS) is pleased to present Symbols of Sacrifice (September 11-17), honoring the sacrifice of Americans throughout our nation's history. The main focus of the event will be a Field of Honor on the historic FSNHS Parade Ground, where a US flag will fly for each service member who has died while serving in theater supporting US military operations during the War on Terrorism. The purpose is to remember the fallen, their sacrifice and their humanity, not to glorify war.

Symbols of Sacrifice begins on Friday, September 11, Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, when school children and concerned citizens will place the flags on the Parade Ground. The public is invited to participate but will need to first register and receive instructions at the Visitor Center upon arrival at the site. FSNHS is pleased to partner with Ralph Carlson and the Chamber of Commerce in hosting the community's free Friday night Concert in the Park for September 11. Join us on the bricks outside the Visitor Center, where the concert starts at 7:00 p.m. While benches will be available, please bring your own folding chairs for more comfort.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, a reading of the names of the nearly 7,000 fallen during the War on Terrorism will commence over the downtown public address system. As you hear the names of those sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, cousins and friends, please take a moment to thank them and the unnamed millions of other members of the US Armed Forces who have answered the call to defend our freedom throughout the generations.

We are pleased to welcome the US Army 1st Infantry Division Band's Brass Quintet from Fort Riley, Kansas. The group will perform a free concert on the Fort Scott National Historic Site grounds beginning at 6:00 p.m. Again, while the site will provide benches for seating, we invite the public to bring personal folding chairs for a more enjoyable evening. We will have a special recognition for all Vietnam-era veterans in attendance just before the concert begins –please join us in thanking them for their service to our nation.

The Field of Honor will remain open during daylight hours from Friday, September 11, through noon on Thursday, September 17.

Fort Scott National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service. The park buildings are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., while the grounds are open from dawn to dusk.

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