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NASDAQ chimes in on battlefield preservation


Jim Lighthizer and Civil War Trust supporters applaud as NASDAQ's closing bells sounds.

NASDAQ Jumbotron alerts Times Square to Campaign 150.

It made for quite a stage.

On Monday, Civil War Trust President Jim Lighthizer and other  advocates took to the rostrum at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square to ring the exchange’s closing bell.

The occasion? To spread word about the trust’s new Campaign 150 drive to permanently protect 20,000 acres of Civil War battlefield land during the 150th anniversary of that conflict.

The closing-bell ceremony appeared live on NASDAQ’s huge Jumbotron at 43rd and Broadway, on on NASDAQ’s television feeds. You can watch it, using Windows Media Player, via the NASDAQ MarketSite webcam.

In preparation for the 3:45 p.m. event,  Lighthizer made this statement:

“The next four years mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War—and our last, best chance to ensure that the blood-soaked ground of our America’s Civil War battlefields are forever protected.  These landscapes provide a tangible link to that tumultuous and defining moment in our nation’s history, but they are being destroyed at the alarming rate of 30 acres each day.

“I am grateful for this unique opportunity to highlight or organization’s ambitious sesquicentennial goals and promote our proven vision for how public-private partnerships and funding can make this vision a reality,” Lighthizer said. “If we act now, working together we can ensure that these hallowed grounds are available so that future generations may walk in the footsteps of heroes.”

Country music star Trace Adkins, who will perform in concert Sunday at Celebrate Virginia Live! in Fredericksburg, announced “Campaign 150: Our Time, Our Legacy” in Gettysburg earlier this month, on the eve of the 148th anniversary of the battle there.

Virginia–home to more battlefields than any other state–has been the largest beneficiary of the trust’s work over the years, with more than 16,000 historic acres  protected as permanent green space. Locally, the 55,000-member trust has preserved land at the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Mine Run, Spotsylvania, Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain battlefields.

The nonprofit group traces its roots to the Association for the Preservation of Civil War sites, established in Fredericksburg in 1987. The trust’s website is