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Contact: Visitor Center, 931 232 5706
On May 27, the park will hold an Illumination Ceremony at the national cemetery. The event begins at 8:30 pm and concludes at 10:30 pm. A luminary will be placed at each veteran’s headstone, and staff and volunteers will be present to provide information about the cemetery and Civil War veterans. The ceremony will be one element of a three-day community event called Eagle Fest: A Salute to Freedom. The Illumination Ceremony is coordinated with help from scout groups, park volunteers, the Stewart County Chamber of Commerce (TN), the Friends of the Fort Donelson Campaign, and Ft. Donelson SCV camp #249.
On Monday, May 28, Dover VFW Post 4730 will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the cemetery. The 101st Airborne Division Band Brass Quintet will perform at 2:00 p.m., with a short program to follow by keynote speaker CPT Richard Roth, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces.
Local scouts from Stewart and Houston Counties (TN) and park volunteers will provide generous support and will spend two days preparing the cemetery for weekend programs. Over 1,700 headstones will be decorated with American flags and luminaries.
Programs times may be adjusted in case of inclement weather. Contact the park staff at 931-232-5706 x 101 for more information.