The Woodlawn Cemetery begins the commemoration of Memorial Day by celebrating the legacy and career of David Glasgow Farragut, the first Admiral of the United States Navy. The Admiral Farragut Gravesite recently received the prestigious honor of designation as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. Rear Admiral Scott E. Sanders will comment on the legacy of Farragut and Craig L.Symonds, professor emeritus of the U.S. Naval Academy will deliver the keynote address. The National Historic Landmark plaque will be unveiled by James Bruns, Director of the National Museum of the US Navy with Russell S. Kauffman, President of the Farragut Ship’s Association.
Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. An exhibit on the life and career of Farragut organized by the US Naval Historical Foundation will be on display and the US Postal Service will be on site for a “Special Pictorial” cancellation of the first day of issue of the Civil War 1863 Siege of Vicksburg Forever Stamp. The public is welcome to attend this free event.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Woolworth Chapel