2008 Memorial Day Events
Contact: Rick Martin, Chief Operations, 601-619-2905
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park will honor the men and women who died in service to our nation this Memorial Day weekend.
On Friday, May 23, staff and volunteers will decorate the 18,000 graves at the Vicksburg National Cemetery with United States flags. The flags will stay in place through Monday, May 26, Memorial Day. Anyone interested in volunteering and assisting with decorating the veterans’ graves can meet at the USS Cairo parking lot at 7:30 AM on Friday.
On Saturday, May 24 and Sunday May 25, volunteers and park rangers garbed in uniforms from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, and the modern military will set up displays near the park Visitor Center from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Sunday. Programs will be presented on the life of a soldier through the ages to include uniforms, equipment, military vehicles, and weapons.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at 1:00 PM, at Vicksburg National Cemetery, local Veterans' groups will lay a wreath on the grave of an unknown soldier, paying tribute to all veterans buried in the cemetery.
Also on Memorial Day, in cooperation with the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance, visitors to Vicksburg National Military Park will be encouraged to participate in a National Moment of Remembrance. At 3:00 PM park staff and visitors will pause for one minute paying silent tribute to the men and women who died in service to our nation. Visitors will be encouraged to place their right hand over their heart, and those driving will be encouraged to turn on their vehicle's headlights for one minute.
Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."