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PBS ‘NewsHour’ notes Fredericksburg historian Don Pfanz

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The luminaria glowing in Fredericksburg National Cemetery–the work of hundreds of Scouts and volunteers–are always are a big draw each Memorial Day weekend.

This year, as the nation marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the observance may have made an even deeper impression.

“It forces us to not only look back and look at the consequences of the war for us, but also the sacrifice that so many men made in order to keep this nation free,” National Park Service historian Donald Pfanz told the PBS “NewsHour” this past weekend.

The popular TV-news program shot a video of the occasion, spotlighting Pfanz, the staff historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Pfanz has researched and written an excellent history of the cemetery and its Decoration Day traditions.

To view the video, go here, and click on the video link in the story.

Hat tip to the park’s Mysteries and Conundrums blog.