The annual Memorial Day weekend Grand Procession to visit the Civil War graves in Brooklyn is especially meaningful this year, the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
The Green-Wood Cemetery event is 6pm to midnight, including the grand procession past thousands of Civil War graves, including those graves of of other Civil War supporters, each one lit with a special non-flame luminary device.
On May 23, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, for one night only, Green-Wood will commemorate the end of the Civil War with a nighttime event lit by 5,000 candle luminaries – one marking the grave of each Civil War soldier interred there.
The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with Civil War music, period games, cooking demonstrations, and re-enactors in Green-Wood’s meadow.
At 8:30 p.m. after the sun has set, visitors will join the Grand Procession past thousands of luminaries, led by cavalry horses, musicians, uniformed re-enactors, and a Civil War artillery troop firing salute.
After the procession, you have the unique opportunity to stroll Green-Wood’s grounds until midnight, taking in the luminaries and commemorating the thousands of lives affected by this dramatic turning point in American history.
Admission is $25, and includes Green-Wood’s new and compelling exhibition on the Civil War, To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories
Also featured for one night only in Green-Wood’s Civil War-era Catacombs will be a special artistic interpretation of the statistics, numbers, and information on the 5,000 Civil War soldiers interred in Green-Wood. Artists Michele Gorman and Alex Marse have led a team of graduate students from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) to create visual representations of these facts and figures.
Presented in Green-Wood’s atmospheric catacombs, the artwork shows how the stories of an overwhelmingly large number of veterans can be considered together to create a new way to think about the casualties of war. The presentation, entitled My House of Green Grass will be free to all ticket holders throughout the night.
Reservations are recommended. Make an online reservation or call 718-210-3080.
Note: The Grand Procession covers about one mile, including hills, so wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Directions: Take the “R” train to 25th Street in Brooklyn and walk up the hill one block and to the Cemetery. Free parking is available.