125th Retreat Parade Anniversary

Living History regiment lowers American flag over Fort Union
Living History Regiment lowering flag

Richard Gonzales

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News Release Date: May 12, 2016

Contact: Lorenzo Vigil, 505-425-8025

In 1891, after four decades of operation along the Santa Fe Trail the U.S. Flag was lowered one last time at Fort Union. The fort, once the largest west of the Mississippi River, acted as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the southwest. The fort once boasted a garrison of 1,660 troops at its peak, but only 22 soldiers march out for the final time as they sang, "there is a land fairer than this." Join Fort Union National Monument in commemorating the fort's closure as members of the New Mexico Volunteer Living History Regiment brings this moment to life with a ceremonial flag lowering 1:30 pm.

This event is a great opportunity to explore the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, NM, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025 X 0, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fortunionNM, and now visit us anytime on our mobile app at foun.toursphere.com!


Last updated: May 12, 2016

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