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Volunteers needed for Illumination Ceremony at Carnton

The Annual Battle of Franklin Illumination Ceremony will take place at Carnton Plantation on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m., announced Eric A. Jacobson, Chief Operating Officer of the Battle of Franklin Trust. Some 10,000 luminaries will be on display to commemorate the approximately 10,000 casualties inflicted during the battle.  Volunteers from the community are being asked to help with setup and takedown for this event.
“The Battle of Franklin Trust relies on the help of volunteers to make this very special day possible,” said Jacobson. ““This would be a great project for Rotary and Exchange Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school groups or clubs and maybe even families who are in town for the Thanksgiving holiday and looking for something fun, unique and meaningful to do.”
Volunteers are needed to paint the grid for the Illumination on Friday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m.  Help will also be needed on Saturday, November 30 to set the luminaries up beginning at 1:00 p.m. and then clean-up after the ceremony.  Dinner will be provided to volunteers in the Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation as soon as clean-up is complete.  
The Annual Illumination, in its eighth year, is now being organized by the Battle of Franklin Trust, which manages Carnton Plantation and The Carter House.  The ceremony is open and free to the public.
“This event is one of the most moving ceremonies we perform here at the Trust,” said Jacobson.  “It is difficult to explain the toll of this battle with words alone, and seeing the 10,000 luminaries glowing at dusk really helps people better understand what happened here in Franklin on that November afternoon and evening in 1864.”
The brief ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will last approximately 15 minutes. Carnton Plantation and The Carter House will be extending their usual hours so that guests can enjoy brief walk through tours until 7 p.m.  After the ceremony, there will be no admission for the walk through tours but donations will gladly be accepted.
The Battle of Franklin Trust would like to thank Home Depot for their generous donation of supplies.
For more information on volunteering or the ceremony itself, contact Leigh Bawcom at 794-0903 or  
The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) 3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.

Posted on: 11/5/2013


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