Veteran’s Day Weekend kids’ activities @ Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah (Free admission on Sunday)

Junior Ranger National Park Monuments Savannah Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah will honor our nation’s veterans with a special living history weekend Nov, 10 & 11. Living historians from the 48th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment will recreate many aspects of daily life inside the Civil War-era post.

A variety of programs will be offered giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the American Civil War.

The 48th New York Infantry was stationed at Fort Pulaski from June 1862 through June 1863. During their year-long stay, the unit remained vigilant, always prepared for a Confederate counter attack, an attack that never materialized. Their stay was documented in a series of early photographs that are displayed in exhibits throughout the park.

Sat. Nov 10 2018
9:00 Colors
9:30 Squad & Bayonet Drill
10:00 Guided Fort Tour
10:30 Music at Fort Pulaski – Fort Chapel
11:00 Civil War Soldier and Musket Demonstration
12:00 Cannon Demonstration
12:30 Guided Fort Tour
1:00 Squad & Bayonet Drill
1:30 Music at Fort Pulaski – Fort Chapel
2:00 Cannon Demonstration
2:30 Civil War Soldier and Musket Demonstration
3:15 A Garrison Funeral
4:15 Parade and Salute to Veterans Day with the 48th NY

Sun. Nov. 11 2018 (FREE ADMISSION)
9:00 Colors
9:30 Music at Fort Pulaski – Fort Chapel
10:00 Church Call – Fort Chapel
11:00 Special Program: 11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour: Remembering the War to End All Wars
11:30 Baseball Game
1:00 March out of Fort – Living History Program Concludes
1:30 Guided Fort Tour
3:00 Guided Fort Tour

To commemorate Veterans Day, the National Park Service will waive all entrance fees for Veterans Day. Savannah’s national park – Fort Pulaski National Monument – will be free to visit Sun Nov, 11 2018.

Along with living history activities, join park rangers and commemorate one hundred years since the end of the “War to End All Wars” by blanketing the grounds with poppies, each containing the name of a veteran. On Sunday at 11 am–the eleventh hour of eleventh day of the eleventh month, and the official end of the First World War—park rangers will present a special centennial program on World War I and the origins of Veterans Day. Throughout the day, you are invited to honor those who served by adding your own veteran to our field of flowers.

Fort Pulaski, Hwy 80 East Savannah, 31410-0757 tel: (912) 786-5787. Details here. 

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Your kids can become a Junior Ranger 

Take advantage of the fact that we live within a day’s drive of multiple national parks & monuments & have your kids become a junior ranger at one or many of these sites.

When you take kids to tour national parks, you never know how much they are getting out of the visit. Especially for those of us moms who aren’t exactly history experts.

Which is why you need to pick up the Junior Ranger booklets at the visitor centers of national parks you visit. The Junior Ranger program kids engage more during the visits.

Junior Ranger booklets have activities about the national parks for ages 5-12. Junior ranger books are free to any visitor and usually are available at the visitors’ centers. Often, similar programs with more advanced activities are also available for older kids. Just ask at the site’s visitor center.

While doing the activities, children enjoy earning a badge and a certificate.

Nearby national parks/monuments that have Junior Ranger programs include:
*Fort Pulaski National Monument, on U.S. 80 en route to Tybee Island. Info on the Fort Pulaski Junior Program here.
*Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston, S.C. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.
*Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island. Info on the Fort Frederica National Monument Junior Ranger Program here. 
*Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. Info on Ocmulgee’s National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.
Congaree National Park near Columbia. Info on Junior Ranger Program here. 

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