Gettysburg, PA, November 17, 2010. – Saturday evening more than 3,500 flickering candles illuminated the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers buried in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. As hundreds of people strolled the grounds on a cool mid-November evening the tiny points of light honoring the memory of those who fought so bravely on battlefields long ago made a solemn impression. The names of those buried echoed through the autumn darkness as somewhere off in the distance someone read the names of the fallen. A lone bugler periodically played taps while Civil War re-enactors patrolled the grounds.
For the entire weekend, the town of Gettysburg was packed with activities. A nearly hour long parade filled entirely with living history groups added to the remembrance as companies of soldiers, Civil War-era musicians, mid-19th century politicians, and more marched down Baltimore Street. There were also talks, balls, and plenty of other special programs running over the weekend.
This was the 10th annual Remembrance Illumination sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and it is something we enjoy each year.