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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield helps National Park Service celebrate birthday.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is celebrating the birthday of one of its own. Mike Smith has the story:

It was August 25th, 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law, legislation creating the National Park Service. In Southwest Missouri the National Park Service oversees operations of the George Washington Carver National Monument, the Ozark National Senic Riverways, and Wilson's Creek National Battlefield where, on Aug 25th, Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary James Griles came to visit.

Speaking to a group of Battlefield staff and volunteers, Griles said "Wilson's Creek National Battlefield exemplifies what the NPS is all about". Griles was especially grateful to the volunteers and partners who, for many years, have offered to help out at the Battlefield, including the Republic High School FFA. Ozark Greenways, the Wilson's Creek Landowners Association, and the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation.

Ted Hillmer, Superintendent of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, says he's honored that the Deputy Secretary of the Interior would visit the Battlefield on the birthday of the National Park Service.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is site of the first major Cival War battle west of the Mississippi River and is located on ZZ highway, south of U.S. Highway 160. For information call 417-732-2662, or visit