Memorial Day Observance 2014
Contact: Visitor Center, 731-689-5696
Shiloh, TN – Shiloh's weekend of special events and commemorative activities will begin on Saturday, May 24th, and continue through the afternoon of Sunday, May 25th. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, costumed interpreters will present programs on the front lawn of the Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center.These living historians will interpret wars in which the United States has participated, from colonial times to the current war in Afghanistan. Included in this special weekend program will be live firing demonstrations of the strikingly different shoulder firearms used by American soldiers during the different wars.These live fire programs will be presented each day at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to visit with these historians and ask questions to learn more about the military experiences of Americans through time.
As part of the weekend program, local historians of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association will display antique military vehicles on the front lawn of the Visitor Center.This is a rare opportunity to view actual vehicles and equipment utilized by the armed services such as World War II halftrack, and jeeps. A simulation of a World War II camp will also be available for the public to visit and to visualize and appreciate the war experiences of soldiers serving in World War II.
Shiloh National Military Park will officially commemorate Memorial Day by hosting remembrance ceremonies on Monday, May 26th, 2014. "This annual Memorial Day event provides the opportunity to reflect upon all the personal sacrifices this nation's military service personnel and their families have unselfishly made to protect our freedoms," stated Superintendent John Bundy.
The formal ceremonies at the park will begin at the largest of the Confederate mass graves, located near tour stop #13 (Water Oaks Pond) on the battlefield tour route.The service will start at 11:00 a.m. After closure of the first ceremony, activities will move to the Shiloh National Cemetery, where at 12:00 p.m., a second service will be conducted. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.
Monday afternoon, Shiloh will offer several 30-minute, ranger-led programs. The scheduled presentations and tours are as follows:
1:30 pm - INFANTRY: BACKBONE OF THE ARMY (meets at the split-rail fence across from the visitor center) Learn about the Civil War infantryman and his equipment. Includes a musket firing demonstration.
2:00 pm - GARDEN OF STONE: SHILOH NATIONAL CEMETERY (meets at the gate to the national cemetery) A 200 yard walk through the peaceful Shiloh National Cemetery tells the stories of fallen soldiers and other points of interest.
2:30 pm - THUNDER IN THE THICKET: THE HORNETS' NEST (meets at Tour Stop #3) A 1/3 mile walk described the fierce Confederate attacks against the strong Union line.
3:00 pm - INFANTRY: BACKBONE OF THE ARMY (meets at the split-rail fence across from the visitor center) Learn about the Civil War infantryman and his equipment. Includes a musket firing demonstration.
3:30 pm - GARDEN OF STONE: SHILOH NATIONAL CEMETERY (meets at the gate to the national cemetery) A 200 yard walk through the peaceful Shiloh National Cemetery tells the stories of fallen soldiers and other points of interest.
4:00 pm - WHY SHILOH? PITTSBURG LANDING (meets at the gate to the national cemetery) Describes the actions of Union and Confederate troops that led to the battle; includes a 200 yard walk to the Landing.
Please note that rain or severe weather will cancel programs.
The National Park Service invites the public to journey to Shiloh throughout the Memorial Day commemorative weekend to participate in the various activities, and to remember the American military service personnel who have died in the service to our nation. For more information please call the park visitor center at 731-689-5696 or go to www.nps.gov/shil or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shilohnmp.
Did You Know?
Shiloh National Military Park was originally under the jurisdiction of the United States War Department, who worked with veterans to build and monument the park. It was only in 1933 that Shiloh and the other battlefields were transferred to the National Park Service.