8/22/2013

Symbols of Sacrifice

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: August 22, 2013
Contact: Bill Fischer, bill_fischer@nps.gov, 620-223-0310

Symbols of Sacrifice
Saturday, September 7, through Sunday, September 15.

FORT SCOTT, KANSAS: Fort Scott National Historic Site (FSNHS) is pleased to partner with the Friends of FSNHS and community members to present Symbols of Sacrifice, a free series of programs that highlight the sacrifice of Americans throughout much of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The main focus of the event will be a Field of Honor on the historic FSNHS Parade Ground, where a US flag will fly for each service member who has died while serving in theater supporting US military operations during the War on Terrorism. The purpose is to remember the fallen, their sacrifice and their humanity, not to glorify war.

The opening ceremony will be held “on the bricks” outside of the FSNHS Visitor Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 7. Prelude music will be provided by members of the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums. While seating will be provided, the public is welcome to bring folding chairs. Colors will be presented, followed by brief remarks of welcome and remembrance by members of government, veterans, and the American Gold Star Mothers. The ceremony shall conclude with Taps and Amazing Grace, with visitors then invited to respectfully enter the Field of Honor to consider the meaning of sacrifice. An afternoon of programming continues, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 11, FSNHS will host a memorial service beginning at 12:00 noon to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The ceremony should conclude by 12:45 p.m. following the playing of Taps. The public is invited to remember that day of uncertainty where average Americans exhibited selfless, uncommon valor, then walk the Field of Honor.

On Saturday, September 14, Symbols of Sacrifice programming begins at 10:00 a.m. Students from Fort Scott High School shall provide prelude music beginning at 11:30 a.m. At noon, the Colors will be presented, followed by brief remarks of welcome and remembrance by members of government, veterans, and the American Gold Star Mothers. Taps will conclude the remembrance ceremony and visitors will again be invited to walk the Field of Honor. Programming continues at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by the American Gold Star Mothers and concludes with a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

The FSNHS Symbols of Sacrifice program agenda, subject to minor change, is as follows:

Saturday, September 7
7:00-11:30 am – Reading of the Roll of Honored Dead in downtown Fort Scott
11:40-12:00 noon – Music by members of the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums, FSNHS
12:00 noon-12:40 pm – Remembrance Ceremony
12:40 pm – Field of Honor formally opens with playing of Amazing Grace
1:00-1:15 pm – American Gold Star Mothers presentation
1:15-1:30 pm – Veterans of Foreign Wars presentation
1:45-2:15 pm – Fort Scott’s US Army Sacrifice during the Mexican-American War presentation
2:30-3:00 pm – Fort Scott’s Medal of Honor Recipients presentation
3:15-4:00 pm – The 1863 Battle of Honey Springs (Indian Territory) presentation
1:00-5:00 pm – Reading of the Roll of Honored Dead in downtown Fort Scott

Wednesday, September 11
7:00-11:30 am – Reading of the Roll of 9/11 Honored Dead in downtown Fort Scott
11:30-noon – Prelude music, FSNHS
12:00 noon-12:45 pm – 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Saturday, September 14
10:00-10:30 am – Sacrifice on the Civil War Home Front presentation, FSNHS
10:45-11:15 am – Sacrifice during World War II – an MIA’s Story and musical presentation
11:30-12:00 noon – Prelude music by Fort Scott High School music department
12:00 noon-12:40 pm – Remembrance Ceremony
1:00-1:15 pm – American Gold Star Mothers presentation
1:30-2:00 pm – Gettysburg Address/Battle Hymn of the Republic recitation and music presentation

The Field of Honor will remain open during daylight hours from Saturday, September 7, until 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 15. Symbols of Sacrifice is free and events are mobility-impaired accessible.

Fort Scott National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service.


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