Saturday, May 25, 2019 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The National Park Service's luminaria honors soldiers who have died in the service of this country, with 15,300 candles in the cemetery and "taps" every half hour.
Local scouts will light 15,300 candles in the cemetery – one for each soldier buried there. In addition, a bugler will play “Taps” every 30 minutes during the evening and park staff posted throughout the cemetery will tell stories about some of the soldiers. This year there will be an emphasis on the recent efforts to identify some of the unknown soldiers interred within the cemetery. Park staff will tell stories of these formerly unidentified soldiers for the first time. This is a free event.
Fredericksburg National Cemetery is located at the intersection of Sunken Road and Lafayette Boulevard; however, those wishing to attend the luminaria may park at the University of Mary Washington lot at the corner of William Street and Sunken Road. The Fredericksburg Trolley will provide shuttle service between the parking area and the national cemetery.
In the event of rain, the date will be moved to Sunday, May 27. A separate, commemorative ceremony will be held at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
1013 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401