Memorial Day remembrances at four area Civil War sites

Four Civil War sites, one each in Maryland and Virginia and two in Washington, have announced plans for services or events for Memorial Day that include parades, wreath laying, plantation, cemetery and battlefield tours, and rifle demonstrations.

At Sharpsburg, Md., on May 25, a wreath laying at 11 a.m. and a parade at 1:30 p.m. in the town will be followed by a 1:30 p.m. ceremony at Antietam National Battlefield. The events are free.

At Petersburg, Va., Pamplin Historical Park will host a Memorial Day commemoration on May 27. The schedule includes rifle demonstrations, plantation and battlefield tours and a Civil War combat film. Entrance fee for adults (over age 12) is $12, for children between six and 12, the cost is $7, and there is no charge for those under six.

In Washington, a celebration is planned at President Lincoln’s Cottage on May 27, beginning at 10 a.m., that will include guided tours of Lincoln’s Cottage and the little known U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery which includes Civil War graves. There is an entrance fee of $15 for adults and $5 for children to see the cottage.

Also in Washington on May 27, a ceremony is planned for Logan Circle at 1 p.m. to honor Gen. John Logan, who as national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1868, made May 30 the official Memorial Day. His statue occupies the center of the small national park. The program includes a concert by the Marine Corps band and an address by historian and Logan biographer Gary Ecelberger. The event is free.

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