Memorial illumination honors soldiers’ memory

Lone Jack Historical Society News Release

Contact: Alinda Miller, president, (816) 805-1815, PO Box 34, Lone Jack, MO 64070

What: 4th Annual Memorial Illumination
Where: Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield Museum Park – (816) 805-1815, Highway 50, ½ block south of Lone Jack exit
When: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Photo Ops: Battlefield points of light, costumed sentries, reading of soldiers’ names/tolling of bell

Memorial Illumination Honors Soldiers’ Memory During Sesquicentennial Year

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Lone Jack Historical Society volunteers will fill the Civil War Battlefield and Cemetery grounds with 270 flickering points of light. The 4th annual Memorial Illumination will be held at 301 S. Bynum, Lone Jack, MO from dusk to 10:00 p.m. In case of rain, the event will take place on Thursday, May 31.

Each point of illumination represents a Union or Confederate casualty in the August 16, 1862 battle. Visitors are invited to pay their respects to these fallen soldiers. Silent sentries portrayed by Civil War re-enactors will patrol the battlefield during the evening vigil.

The Memorial Illumination honors the memory of those soldiers who fell in this “Bloodiest battle fought west of the Mississippi.” A contemplative area with seating will be set up for those who wish to reflect on what our country and its citizens endured 150 years ago and the sacrifices those brave men made. At 9:00 p.m. the names of the known dead from the battle will be read and the bell tolled for each. Lastly, the breeze will lift the stirring notes of Taps to the stars.

Small in numbers compared to the battle at Antietam, the significant consequences of the Lone Jack battle have taken almost 150 years to become fully realized and appreciated by historians. Abraham Lincoln called these battlefields “hallowed ground” for what they represented to this nation. Development poses a severe threat to the integrity of this site. This hallowed ground once developed is lost forever.

Everyone is welcome to participate and respectfully pay tribute to the souls of those fallen soldiers during the evening’s vigil. The soft candlelight flickering across the battlefield offers a poignant and visually stunning tribute to the men who fell on that day – each fighting for his America –forever re-united and resting in common ground.

There is no admission charge to the event, but donations are greatly appreciated to help tell Lone Jack’s story through the museum and historical society programs, and save the battlefield.

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