Sesquicentennial State Memorial Days
Each state that participated in the Campaign and Siege of Vicksburg will be recognized by reading a proclamation or letter from the governor of the state honoring the Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines that fought at Vicksburg 150 years ago. There will be a wreath placed at each memorial which will stay in place through July 4, 2013, the 150th anniversary of Vicksburg's surrender. A special sign will also be located at each memorial with information about the units that fought during the campaign. A short ceremony will take place at 10:00 AM at the respective monuments, according to the following schedule. Wreaths are being provided by the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign.
Did You Know?
The USS Cairo was only in service for 11 months before making history as the first U.S. marine vessel to be sunk by an electronically detonated mine.