Tomorrow (unless postponed by weather) is the 2017 edition of the Antietam Memorial Illumination. I won’t be attending this year as I have other commitments, but I highly recommend anyone in the area making the trip to Sharpsburg to drive through the Battlefield. The army of volunteers places one luminary on the battlefield for each casualty. Antietam remains our bloodiest day in war with 23,110 casualties, a number that isn’t fully understood until you see it represented in candles.
Every December on the first Saturday (unless postponed by weather) Antietam National Battlefield holds its annual Memorial Illumination. 23,110 luminaries are placed on the battlefield, one for each of the casualties. I managed to get a photography permit for this year’s illumination and I’m looking forward to photographing it again.
Every year on the first Saturday in December, 23,110 luminaries are lit on the fields outside Sharpsburg, MD representing the casualties from the battle of Antietam. It is a sobering site when driving through the illumination and even more so when walking the grounds with a photography permit.