Seminole War Commemoration
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at St. Augustine National Cemetery
The 11th Annual Commemoration of the end of the 2nd Seminole War will be held in St. Augustine on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The event features a parade and a ceremony at the pyramids at the National Cemetery to honor all those who perished in that conflict.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., proceeding to the National Cemetery. Historical reenactors in period costume will participate in the parade, and members of the public are welcome to join them.
Other activities are available at the Officers Club at St. Francis Barracks for those who wish to register as guests. These events include a morning lecture about the historical context of the 1842 parade and ceremony and will present new research related to those interred in the National Cemetery. Also, for registered guests only, there will be lunch and a reception in the Officers Club from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Registration is $20.
In 1842, officers, soldiers, and musicians paraded through the streets of St. Augustine to inter the casualties of the war in the gardens of the St. Francis Barracks. Three coquina pyramids were erected in the cemetery at that time to mark the burial place of more than 1,400 soldiers who died during those wars. The pyramids are known as the Dade Monument after Major Francis L. Dade, who was a leader in the Seminole Wars.
This annual heritage event is organized by the West Point Society of North Florida and The Seminole Wars Foundation.
Admission: The parade and the commemoration on Saturday, August 18, 20178 are free and open to the public. Other events require registration for a $20 fee. To register, download a PDF form here or email here for more information.
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: The National Cemetery is at 104 Marine Street in St. Augustine.