“The dedication of the Mississippi Monument at Shiloh is a once in a lifetime event where Mississippians of today will honor the sacrifices of Mississippians of the past. This monument represents all of the citizens of our state,” said Randy Reeves, chairman of the Mississippi Veterans Monument Commission. “This monument represents the service and sacrifice that embodies the honor and greatness of the almost 6,000 Mississippians who fought on the hallowed ground of the Shiloh Battlefield.”
Keynote speaker for the event will be Lt. Gen. Harold Cross, former Adjutant General for Mississippi and a member of the Mississippi Monument Commission.
Joining him on the dais will be Reeves, National Park Service NPS Southeast Regional Director Barclay Trimble, Shiloh Park Superintendent Dale Wilkerson and Chief Ranger Stacy Allen, who will offer a brief recount of the Shiloh battle.
The private and public groups involved in the planning the design, construction and dedication of the monument include the Mississippi Veterans Monument Commission, Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy Mississippi Division, members of the Mississippi Legislature, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Shiloh National Military Park and the office of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.
“Beginning with the first dedication ceremony in 1902, 15 states have placed monuments to their soldiers who fought in the Battle of Shiloh. With the dedication of this monument, Mississippi will take its place by honoring the service of its citizens on this great battlefield,” said park Superintendent Wilkerson. “This dedication will be a poignant moment in history that will span generations. The Mississippi Monument is a welcome addition to the park and will enhance it greatly.”