Symbols of Sacrifice
Fort Scott National Historic Site (FSNHS) is pleased to partner with the Friends of FSNHS and community members to present Symbols of Sacrifice, a free series of programs that highlight the sacrifice of Americans throughout much of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. 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.
The opening ceremony will be held "on the bricks" outside of the FSNHS Visitor Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 7. Prelude music will be provided by members of the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums. While seating will be provided, the public is welcome to bring folding chairs. Colors will be presented, followed by brief remarks of welcome and remembrance by members of government, veterans, and the American Gold Star Mothers. The ceremony shall conclude with Taps and Amazing Grace, with visitors then invited to respectfully enter the Field of Honor to consider the meaning of sacrifice. An afternoon of programming continues, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, September 11, FSNHS will host a memorial service beginning at 12:00 noon to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The ceremony should conclude by 12:45 p.m. following the playing of Taps. The public is invited to remember that day of uncertainty where average Americans exhibited selfless, uncommon valor, then walk the Field of Honor.
On Saturday, September 14, Symbols of Sacrifice programming begins at 10:00 a.m. Students from Fort Scott High School shall provide prelude music beginning at 11:30 a.m. At noon, the Colors will be presented, followed by brief remarks of welcome and remembrance by members of government, veterans, and the American Gold Star Mothers. Taps will conclude the remembrance ceremony and visitors will again be invited to walk the Field of Honor. Programming continues at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by theAmerican GoldStarMothers and concludes with a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Fort Scott National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service. Hours for the site are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 620-223-0310. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/FortScottNHS.
Schedule of Events
The FSNHS Symbols of Sacrifice program agenda, subject to minor change, is as follows:
Saturday, September 7
Wednesday, September 11
Saturday, September 14
The Field of Honor will remain open during daylight hours from Saturday, September 7, until 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 15. Symbols of Sacrifice is free and events are mobility-impaired accessible.
Fort Scott National Historic Site invites the public to a remembrance service to honor those who lost their lives in the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001. The service begins at noon on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in front of the park's visitor center. The remembrance is part of the weeklong Symbols of Sacrifice program honoring American sacrifice, particularly the sacrifice of those service members who have lost their lives combating terrorism since that fateful day.
Special music will be provided by members of Fort Scott Middle School and distinguished guests, including Governor Sam Brownback, will offer remarks. The service shall conclude with a ceremonial firing by the VFW Post 1165 Honor Guard and the playing of "Taps." Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Field on Honor on the Fort Scott National Historic Site Parade Ground, where a US flag has been placed for each of the nearly 7,000 service members who have lost their lives during the War on Terrorism, then contemplate the meaning of sacrifice.
All Symbols of Sacrifice events are free and open to the public. Fort Scott National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System.
Win Prizes for Your Photographs of Fort Scott's Symbols of Sacrifice Event
A visit to Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott, Kansas for its Symbols of Sacrifice event could result in a $75, $50 or $25 prize for those individuals chosen as winners in its Fallen Heroes Photography Contest.
Visitors to the Fort from September 7-15 will see a rare sight of nearly 7,000 American flags placed on the fort's parade ground to remind visitors of the heroism and sacrifice of American's fallen heroes from the War on Terror.
Flags will be displayed on the parade ground from Sat. Sept. 7 through Sun. Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. The opening ceremony, the event's highlight, will feature a bagpiper and drummer from St. Andrews Pipe and Drum in Kansas City. They will pay respect to heroes and their families on the bricks in front of the Fort Scott National Historic Site on Old Fort Boulevard beginning at11:30 a..m. on Sat. Sept. 7th.
Following the opening ceremony, visitors will then proceed to the parade ground to see The Field of Honor. "This will be a rare opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers alike," said Jim Scott, an event coordinator. "To our knowledge, there is no other site like this in our region."
Entry rules are as follows: To qualify, photographs submitted for judging must be 8"x10" color or black and white prints. The photographer's name, address and phone number must appear on the back of each entry, There is no limit to number of entries. Entries must be submitted to and received at the Tourist Information Center, Fort Scott National Historic Site, Old Fort Boulevard, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. All entries become the sole property of The Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization, and will become the property of the Friends organization to be used for future display and/or promotional purposes.
Winners will be announced and prize money awarded at the 11:30 a.m.ceremony at the site on Sat. Sept. 14. For further information, please contact Jim Scott at (620) 224-9920 or Anne Emerson at (620) 249-4134.
Did You Know?
Fort Scott is the only NPS unit that was directly involved in "Bleeding Kansas". Fort Scott was a proslavery town, but many free staters lived in the surrounding area. Located on the grounds was the Western or Proslavery Hotel, directly across from it was the Fort Scott or Free State Hotel.