7th ANNUAL MEMORIAL LUMINARY DRIVING TOUR AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD ADMISSION IS FREE!!

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents the 7th Annual Memorial
Illumination Ceremony featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those
killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10,
1861.

WHEN:  Saturday, December 11, 2010.

WHERE: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Republic, Missouri.
Directions: Travel west on the James River Freeway (Hwy 60) to exit Hwy M.
Go south on M for about ¾ mile to Wilson’s Creek Blvd. (Hwy ZZ).  Turn
south on Wilson’s Creek Blvd., go one mile to Farm Rd 182.  Then, turn east
on Farm Rd 182 and the first right is the entrance to the park.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
4:30 pm   Opening Ceremony at the Visitor’s Center
5:00 pm   Volunteer Procession through Illumination
5:15 pm   Memorial Illumination Tour Opens to Public
Over 2,000 people expected to tour Illumination from 5:15 pm to 9:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS:  Over one hundred volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, Daughters of the American Revolution, Wilson’s Creek National
Battlefield Foundation members, Ozark Civil War Roundtable members, and
other community organizations will participate in this event, assembling
the luminaries and distributing them along the five-mile tour road through
the park.

A luminary is a paper bag filled with sand and a lighted candle. A special
candle will be utilized this year to honor our park volunteers.

Living history volunteers, carolers, and period decorations at the Ray
House will bring the past to life. Visitors will step back in time, as they
enjoy a warm fire and refreshments served by the Wilson’s Creek Battlefield
Foundation.  Visitors are encouraged to tour the house and learn about the
war-time hardships faced by local families during a typical Christmas of
1861.  Music, refreshments, and information will be provided at the visitor
center.

Vehicles will use parking lights only for the five-mile driving tour
through the National Battlefield, with stops at the Visitor Center and the
Ray House. There are no restrooms along the tour route.

      The tour road will close at noon on December 11th to complete
preparations.

Administered by the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National
Battlefield preserves the site of the first major battle of the Civil War
in the West, site where the first Union general was killed in the Civil War
and evokes the rural character experienced by the combatants.  The
Confederate victory on August 10, 1861, focused national attention on the
war in Missouri, leading to greater federal military action.  Wilson’s
Creek National Battlefield is located 10 miles southwest of Springfield,
Missouri, at the intersection of Highway ZZ and Farm Road 182. To receive
more information call (417) 732-2662, or on the website:  www.nps.gov/wicr.

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