147th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies
sponsored by Gettysburg Joint Veterans Memorial Day Commission
Monday, May 26, 2014
The 147th Gettysburg Memorial Day parade and ceremony is one of the oldest continuing ceremonies in the country. This year, the Grand Marshall of the parade will be Major General Anthony Cucolo.
The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 2pm at Lefever Street in Gettysburg and head northeast to Middle Street; turn west on East Middle Street and south on Baltimore Street to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 3pm at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The keynote speaker will be Major General Anthony Cucolo.
The Gettysburg Joint Veterans Memorial Day Commission consists of veterans’ organizations in Gettysburg: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Gettysburg Camp #112; American Legion Post #202; Marine Corps League Detachment #705; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #15.
Ghostly Images will have a few of their Special Events for the weekend:
ROSA’S DEMISE (NEW in 2014)
In 1869 Rosa Charmichael came to Gettysburg to become the Matron of the very successful “Children’s Homestead Orphanage”. By the mid 1870’s things had taken a very dark turn. Rumors of the cruel abuse of the children had spread through the town. Eventually enough evidence had been collected; Rosa was put on trial and found GUILTY! But she didn’t go easy. Some believe she didn’t go at all and continues to haunt the Orphanage.
Join us as a phantom witness presents the evidence against her in the very building where the story took place. Listen to Rosa as she continues to argue her case. Be there when Rosas ghost faces her final judgment. You the jury will decide her fate. Will she go to the light or be sent into eternal darkness.
THIS ONE YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!
Currently scheduled for May 24, June 28, August 2 and November 15
(Additional dates may be added).
Haunted Bus Tour
GHOST BUS TOUR (Since 2003—updated in 2014)
To add to this adventure and give our guests what they want in a tour we are adding an unexpected twist and scare to the traditional “BUS TOUR”. On this 1 hour 45 minute journey you will still depart the bus at the Sachs Bridge and starting this year at The Gettysburg College for tales of the unexplained. But be aware, there are strange encounters awaiting you as you journey the countryside. Who knows what awaits you in the darkness of the night! Will you survive? Will you make it to the end? Will you DARE TAKE THIS RIDE with the Ghostly Images?
If you choose to join us make reservations early as this popular tour sells out in advance! (717) 334-6296.
Saturday, May 25th, Saturday Nights, June 14th through August 30th, Friday, July 4th , Sunday, August 31 and Saturday Nights, October 4th through November 1st.
Georgia Your Sister Is Dead
GEORGIA, YOUR SISTER IS DEAD! (Since 2013)
Return with us to 8:30 AM, July 3rd, 1863. Jennie Wade has just been killed. Her mother, who witnessed the death hasn’t had time to comprehend the tragedy. As a ghost she continues to piece together the events of that day. Now you, as a visitor to the home, have been drawn into the story. She must not only save the rest of her family but is concerned for your safety as well.
The spirit of a union soldier arrives on the scene with a plan to save all of you. But can the escape route be opened before more horror falls on the building?
If he succeeds in getting you through to safety in the cellar your experience is not yet complete. The space below the house is haunted by the ghost of James Wade, Jennies’ father. Having lost his mind in life he continues in death to attack the integrity of anyone who crosses his path. As he sums up the aftermath of his daughter’s death you best be prepared for anything!
Will he be the last of your encounters? For the answer come and experience this unique journey through the original structure where Jennie Wade died.
Current dates: May 25, July 3rd (date of Jennie’s death), August 9th, September 31st & November 22nd
History, Mystery & Myth Tour
HISTORY, MYSTERY AND MYTH! (NEW in 2014)
As the title says this tour will give you a healthy dose of history entwined with a hearty helping of ghost stories with just a taste of folklore to fill you up prior to dinner.
These all OUTDOOR-DAYLIGHT Tours will be presented at 5 PM (Saturday, May 24th, Sunday, May 25th), (Each Saturday, May 21st through Saturday, August 30th), (Saturday, October 4th through Saturday, November 1st) and (Sundays, June 29th and August 31st). Additional tours will be added as needed.
The tour scheduled this weekend:
Louisiana Tiger Tales:
The ghost of Thomas Reed a member of the fierce fighting force from LA will lead this tour from what was The South end of Gettysburg in 1863 (Alumni Park Today) to East Cemetery Hill and back. During your adventure hear the story of their attack on the evening of July 2nd, 1863, their effort to secure the high ground and their eventual defeat. You will be haunted by the tales of supernatural energy that was left behind after their terrible ordeal as you retrace their retreat. Follow in their footsteps to the sites where it is believed their ghosts still linger.
Book Signings at Gettysburg Tour:
Bob O’Connor Saturday, May 24 9 AM – 4 PM
Jim Rada Sunday, May 25 10 AM – noon