Fredericksburg National Cemetery is part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, the second largest military park in the world. Located on the Civil War Confederate stronghold known as Marye's Heights, Fredericksburg National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 15,000 United States soldiers, mostly Union soldiers who died in Fredericksburg area battles and camps. In addition, there are graves of close to 100 20th century veterans and a few spouses.
The Annual Illumination Tribute
Although over 80 percent of the soldiers buried in Fredericksburg National Cemetery are unknown, their sacrifices are honored each Memorial Day Weekend. During the annual Luminaria program, volunteers light candles and place softly glowing luminaries at each of the graves of the soldiers buried in the cemetery in a moving and lovely tribute of remembrance.
The 2014 Illumination Tribute
The Luminaria tribute for 2014 takes place on Saturday, May 24th.
Location of Fredericksburg National Cemetery
Fredericksburg, Virginia is located just off I-95 about halfway between Washington, D.C. (54 miles) and Richmond, Virginia (58 miles). The address of the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center is 1013 Lafayette Boulevard. From I-95, take exit 130A and head east on Route 3 (Blue and Gray Parkway) for about 2 miles. At the Lafayette Boulevard traffic light, turn left (US 1 Business) for about half a mile and look for the Visitor Center on the left.
Visit the Park website listed below for information about parking for this special event.
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