Saving History Saturday: This Veterans Day, Preserve Their Legacies

Two Union veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic with a Boy Scout at a parade in 1910. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

This Veterans Day in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the National Park Partners and Chattanooga Area Historical Association are hosting a lecture series on the 1889 “Blue and Gray Barbecue” that helped spark the preservation of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. This gathering of veterans in 1889 spearheaded an entire movement to preserve their legacies, stories, and sacrifices for generations to come. While not every one of us can partake in an event in Chattanooga, we can honor veterans in a similar way.

By saving battlefields, sites, and structures, we help preserve their history forever.

So, this Veterans Days, donate to your favorite preservation organization; go visit a local military museum; share stories of veterans on your social media accounts; plant an American flag at the grave site of a war hero; walk in the steps of heroes at a battlefield; sign-up to volunteer with a museum, historic site, veterans organization, or battlefield; or just say ‘thank you’ to a veteran.



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