| To the last man, remembering Gettysburg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota National Guard's Adjutant General, Army Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash is scheduled to retrace the steps of the First Minnesota Regiment in Pennsylvania for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg from Monday to Wednesday.
"I will meet Alabama National Guard's Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Perry Smith, at the exact spot that Minnesota and Alabama soldiers met each other 150 years ago on the Gettysburg Battleground," said Nash.
"To stand where the First Minnesota fought valiantly for the Union effort is a way to honor our state's first federally recognized soldiers and to represent those who serve Minnesota today," said Nash.
"Maj. Gen. Nash is a member of an official 80-member Minnesota Historical Society Civil War Commemoration Task Force, led by Minnesota's Secretary of State Mark Richie," said Army Maj. Kristen L. Auge, Minnesota National Guard's Deputy Director of Public Affairs.
"While Maj. Gen. Nash is in Gettysburg, a ceremony will occur at Cannon Falls Cemetery with approximately 30 soldiers comprised mostly of Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment" said Auge. "This battalion traces its linage to the First Minnesota."
"The event will include a description of the battle by reading the Plum Run report," said Auge. "It will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony on Col. William Colvill's Memorial and conclude with a traditional rifle salute. Colvill led the First Minnesota in the Battle of Gettysburg."
"Our predecessors had no way of knowing that 150 years later a new breed of citizen-soldier would continue to answer the call to preserve freedom for our state and nation," said Nash.
Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend the commemorative ceremony Tuesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Falls Cemetery located across the street from the Cannon Falls Elementary School. Please see the attached map. Event parking will be located at the Cannon Falls Elementary School, 820 E. Minnesota St., Cannon Falls, Minn. Members of the media are invited for live remotes beginning at 4 p.m. with Jeff Hohman, producer of the First Minnesota documentary and Bill Semans, director of the film. Please contact Maj. Aug? at 952-913-5979 or Kristen.email@example.com to schedule an interview.
Follow the 150th Anniversary events occurring at Gettysburg and Cannon Falls at http://picasaweb.google.com/minnesotanationalguard
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-282-4410.
Photo caption: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton held a press conference at the state capitol to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg and the sacrifice of the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment. As part of the celebration a delegation of Minnesotans will travel to the battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn. to rededicate the memorial statue of the First Minnesota.Speakers also included Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Rep. Dean Urdahl and Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash. Photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer, Minnesota National Guard
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