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Shiloh to observe Memorial Day

Lieutenant General Harold A. Cross, Retired Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, will present the principal address at this year’s Memorial Day observance at Shiloh National Military Park.  The annual service, one of the oldest in West Tennessee, will begin in the Shiloh National Cemetery overlooking historic Pittsburg Landing at 11 a.m. Monday.

General Cross is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours and a combat veteran of Operation Just Cause and Desert Storm. Cross served as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and was the commander of the Military Department of Mississippi.  

“We are pleased to have Lieutenant General Cross speak on this special day to remember the dedicated and valiant Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and we invite the public to join us in remembering and honoring our fallen heroes,” stated park Superintendent Woody Harrell.

 Shiloh’s weekend of special events and commemorative activities will begin on Saturday and continue through the afternoon on Monday. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, costumed interpreters will present programs on the front lawn of the Shiloh Visitor Center.  

There will be a live firing of the shoulder firearms used during the different wars each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  

Local members of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association will display antique military vehicles on the front lawn of the Visitor Center.  A simulation of a World War II camp will also be available for the public to visit.    

A program titled “Spotlight on America’s Veterans” is scheduled at the Shiloh Visitor Center immediately following the conclusion of the memorial service. 

In addition, there will be a memorial service held at the location of the largest of the Confederate mass burial sites, to recognize the military service of the Confederate soldiers engaged in the battle.  The ceremony will be presented adjacent to tour stop #13, thirty minutes after the conclusion of the memorial service inside Shiloh National Cemetery.  

Superintendent Harrell also announced the National Park Service will participate in “The National Moment of Remembrance”  at 3 p.m. Monday.  

In addition to the weekend activities, park rangers will present the following interpretive programs on Monday afternoon:

1 p.m. – Voices of the Armies.   

1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Infantry:  Backbone of the Army.

2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — Garden of Stone:  Shiloh National Cemetery.

2:30 p.m. – Thunder in the Thicket.

4 p.m. – Why Shiloh:  Pittsburg Landing.

For further information contact the park at 731-689-5696, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/shil.

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