Fort Scott, Kan. – Fort Scott National Historic Site is inviting members of the community to join the park in placing the flags for the “Symbols of Sacrifice” Field of Honor Friday morning, May 26. Individuals and groups interested in helping are encouraged to arrive from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. to ensure everyone can help.
The Field of Honor, with its approximately 7,000 flags, commemorates the ultimate sacrifice members of the United States Armed Forces have made to keep this country free. Symbols of Sacrifice continues the entire Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 26 through, Monday, May 29, and the Field of Honor will be open throughout the weekend.
The Fort Scott National Historic Site also encourages volunteers to help them remove the display on Tuesday, May 30. There will be guided fort tours daily at 10 am and 1 pm. This is an all-weather event.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
From April 1 through Sept. 30, the Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, will be open for its summer hours of operation. The site exhibit areas and visitor center are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Park grounds are open daily from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset. To find out more or become involved in activities at the Fort, please contact the park at 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.