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Contact: Douglas J. Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108
Dover, Tennessee—Tribute will be paid to those who have fought for our Nation’s freedom on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Fort Donelson National Cemetery. Between the hours of 7:30PM and 9PM, luminary candles will be placed in front of each headstone in the National Cemetery. Story tellers, including several long time NPS volunteers, will be available to share the history of the National Cemetery and some of those who rest there. This event is offered as part of the town of Dover’s annual Eagle Fest.
Most of the work of preparing the luminaries is done by local volunteers, especially local Girl and Boy Scouts. “Quite simply, the event would not happen without their excellent work,” says Park Superintendent Steven McCoy. “We are ever grateful for their work and dedication, and we hope that this event creates an increased sense of stewardship and appreciation for our veterans for volunteers and visitors alike.”
For those coming in the evening hours, it is recommended that visitors bring a flashlight as lighting will be limited.
On Monday May 30, 2011, at 1:00PM, the annual Memorial Day program will be held at the National Cemetery. The program provides the community a special way to say thank you to those past and present who wear our Nation’s uniform.