This Memorial Day, Stones River National Battlefield will join thirty National Park Service units across 12 states and the District of Columbia in hosting a virtual commemoration saluting America’s fallen soldiers.
The 2020 National Park Service Virtual Memorial Day Tribute — a social media event spanning more than 13 hours on Monday, May 25 — features a series of livestreams, demonstrations, historic talks and other activities starting at 8 am EDT/ 7 am CDT. The commemoration covers memorials and stories of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War and beyond and includes a spotlight video tribute of park rangers from Maryland to Montana reciting the “Gettysburg Address.”
Stones River National Battlefield will present Expressions of Memory, a series of posts exploring the history behind some of the ways we remember the sacrifices made on behalf of our nation, at 11:00 AM local time.
Other event highlights include a National Moment of Remembrance, wreath-laying ceremony, “Taps” salute, reading of names, national cemetery tour and closing sunset livestream, among others.
Visitors to the social media tribute are also invited to observe the holiday by performing an act of service in honor of a fallen service member, as part of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s Memorial Day of Service activity. Information about the volunteer initiative, including service project ideas and a memorial certificate, will be posted at www.facebook.com/KMNBP beginning May 22.
For a complete schedule of 2020 National Park Service Virtual Memorial Day Tribute activities, visit go.nps.gov/MemorialDay or follow @StonesRiverNPS and #VirtualMemorialDay on Facebook.