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VIDEO: ‘A Nation Remembers: The Battle of Fredericksburg’

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Just released: National Park Service video of Dec. 9 public procession from the Rappahannock River through the streets of Fredericksburg, following in soldiers’ footsteps, to the Sunken Road below Marye’s Heights–and the culminating ceremonies there, with music, fireworks, reflection, the words of those who were there 150 years ago, and a 21-gun salute by the Virginia Army National Guard’s 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

If you participated in any part of this, you know what an incredible, onece-in-a-lifetime occasion it was. If not, please enjoy the short video.

Of it, one of the historians at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park wrote today: “As an old hand at ceremonies, it takes a good bit to be moved. This does it, though.”