Seminole War Commemoration
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at St. Augustine National Cemetery
The 10th Annual Commemoration of the end of the 2nd Seminole War will be held in St. Augustine on Saturday, August 12, 2017. 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.
This event is part of a three-day Convocation of Seminole War Historians that has been organized by the Seminole Wars Foundation, Inc. The convocation includes workshops, lectures, luncheons, and the presentation of awards. To register to participate in this convocation (from Friday to Sunday, August 11 to 13, 2017), visit here.
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 12, 2017, are free and open to the public. Other events during the Convocation of Seminole War Historians from Friday to Sunday, August 11 to 13, 2017, require registration. Visit here to register for the three-day meeting.
When: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: The National Cemetery is at 104 Marine Street in St. Augustine.