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National Battlefield remembers casualties of war.

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Five miles of the tour road through Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will be illuminated Saturday night December 11th in honor of the over 25 hundred soldiers from the north and south who were casualties of the battle. Mike Smith has the story:

In remembrance of those who fought and fell there, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will host the first annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony with 2539 luminaries representing those killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861.

Park Superintendent Ted Hillmer says over one hundred volunteers will participate by assemblin and distributing the luminaries along the tour road.

Living history volunteers, carolers, and period decoration will be at the historic Ray House to demonstrate a typical Christmas celebration of the 1860's.

The Memorial Illumination Tour is free to the public and will be open to the public beginning at 5:30 pm Saturday December 11th. The event's opening ceremony begins at 4:30 pm, and included among the featured speakers will be Greene County Presiding Commissioner Dave Coonrod.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is administered by the National Park Service, and is located 10 miles southwest of

Springfield at the intersection of highway zz and farm road 182.

For information, call 417-732-2662.