Fort Duffield to honor soldiers, history

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Memorial Day event to combine programs this year

By Sarah Bennett

Fort Duffield is combining its memorial service and living history program for the first time this Memorial Day.

The Civil War site overlooking West Point has hosted a Memorial Day service for more than 20 years, said Connie Morris, secretary of the Fort Duffield Heritage Committee.

The committee decided to combine the service and living history program, she said, to create a full-day event in hopes of drawing a larger turnout.

The Memorial Day service is free and begins at 10 a.m. in the Fort Duffield Memorial Cemetery. The service not only honors the 61 soldiers who died constructing the earthen bulwark at the confluence of the Salt and Ohio rivers, Morris said, but also all those who have died in service of the United States.

“We’re honoring the people who gave their lives for the country,” she said.

The living history program is scheduled to run from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance is $5 per person and $15 per family. It features characters, period scenes and presentations about weapons and uniforms, Morris said.

Union and Confederate re-enactors will conduct skirmishes at 1 and 3 p.m., according to the release.

Those who attend can bring picnic food, Morris said, but food will be available at the site.

All proceeds benefit the restoration and maintenance of Fort Duffield.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.