The candles will be lit as part of Remembrance Day weekend and the 10th annual Remembrance Illumination. During the ceremony, the names of all the men buried at the Soldiers' National Cemetery will be read aloud and candles will be lit over their gravestones. Civil War re-enactors also will play the bugle taps every half-hour. Remembrance Day weekend is held each year in honor of the anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which was delivered at the Soldiers' National Cemetery.
Memorial events will run throughout the weekend, including a parade hosted by the Sons of Union Veterans. Made up of a processional of Civil War living history units, the parade will be 1 p.m. Saturday and run along East Confederate Avenue, East Middle Street, Baltimore Street, Steinwehr Avenue, and end at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Civil War historians and authors also will host talks and signings at the Gettysburg Gift Center at the American Civil War Wax Museum. Authors will include Kristie Poehler, Tami Rasel, Robert Broadwater, Peter Warren, Jim Rada, John Archer and New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara. Shaara's most notable works include "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure," which complete the Civil War trilogy started by his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Killer Angels.
Artists also will be at the museum to share their work and to entertain the public.
"I like to think of Remembrance Day weekend as our best kept secret," said Tammy Myers, general manager of the Civil War Max Museum. "It is one of my favorite times of year."
It is also one of the only times of year when the re-enactors outnumber the spectators, which adds to the fun and reduces crowds, said Myers.
The festivities will continue into the evening with the National Civil War Ball, held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center. Period dress is encouraged and all proceeds from the ball will be donated to the Gettysburg National Military Park. In the last 11 years, more than $68,000 has been raised for the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic battlefield. Tickets are $20 per person, $25 at the door. For tickets, call 740-369-3722.
If you go
WHAT: 10th annual Remembrance Illumination
WHEN: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg
DETAILS: Visitors will be able to enter the cemetery at both of its entrances on Baltimore Street and Taneytown Road. Parking is available in the Soldiers' National Cemetery parking lot on Taneytown Road and in the adjacent parking lot accessible from Steinwehr Avenue and Taneytown Road.