Event features Civil War encampment, Union re-enactors and new monument unveiling
WHAT: “THE RETURN TO CAMP RANDALL”
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT AND MONUMENT DEDICATION
WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 18
11 a.m. – Monument unveiling and dedication ceremony
WHERE: CAMP RANDALL MEMORIAL PARK
132 N. RANDALL AVE.
While today Camp Randall is home of Wisconsin football, 150 years ago it was the primary training ground for Wisconsin’s Civil War soldiers. As part of the 2015 sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will host “The Return to Camp Randall.” During the free event, media and the public are invited to:
• Step back in time to 1865 and commemorate the end of the Civil War with living historians portraying returning Union troops, a 1st Brigade Band Concert, a Military Review of the troops by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and more.
• Dedicate a new memorial to honor Wisconsin’s role in the Civil War and the sacrifices of the more than 80,0000 Wisconsin Civil War veterans during a special monument dedication ceremony.
• Talk with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Veterans Museum about why it is important to honor Wisconsin veterans, how the public can learn more about the museum, how the museum honors our servicemen and women, and more.
MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Burch, 608-264-6086; Karen.Burch@dva.wisconsin.gov