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 Posted: Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 12:23 pm
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Today I'm going with Shotgun and his wife up to Antietam for the annual Luminary.  It's a deeply moving event to see 23,000 candles shining in the dark along the park road, each representing one casualty of that dreadful day.

Civic groups work together to set out the little paper sacks, weighted with sand and with a votive candle inside, in precise parallel to the road.  Sometimes there are six parallel lines of candles on each side, depending on the contour of the terrain.  The park gate opens at dusk, then the cars drive slowly along the one-way road, with headlights off.

You can't see all the candles at the same time because of the terrain.  Still it's overwhelming.  It really makes you think hard about the sacrifices on 17 Sep 1862.

The sky is clear this morning here in Fairfax County, but the 70-degree temps of the last few days are gone. Shotgun knows a lot about the battle, so we'll probably walk around, bundled up to our ears.

Patty

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