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November 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
As former U.S. President Ronald Reagan stated “We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” In the spirit of Reagan’s quote, Pamplin Historical Park staff will offer multiple programs throughout the day, to include presentations on Medal of Honor recipients, a comparison of Civil War and U.S. World War II soldiers, a performance of soldier’s songs from the Civil War and a ceremony with cannon fire salute.
Park Director of Education, Tim Talbott will present a talk at 11:15 am on Medal of Honor recipients from the Breakthrough Battle which occurred on April 2, 1865. The most notable of these was Captain Charles Gould of the U.S. 5th Vermont Infantry Regiment who is credited as being the first man to enter the Confederate held earthworks.