Antietam Battlefield Memorial Illumination

Civil War cannon and luminaries. Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service

Dec. 7. Rain date, Dec. 14. 6 PM. Antietam National Battlefield hosts the Annual Memorial Illumination in honor of those soldiers who fell during the Battle of Antietam. 23,000 candles, one for each soldier killed, wounded or missing, will be lit. The driving tour is about five miles. Vehicles use parking lights only and continue without stopping. Visitors are prohibited from walking the tour route. Event brochures will be distributed at the entrance and contributions will be accepted. Visitor Center is at 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD.