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Fallen Defenders—Past to Present

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On Saturday, May 29 from 10 am to 4 pm, experience a unique display of military uniforms and Fallen Soldier Battle Crosses. The display will represent almost every major conflict in American history from the Revolutionary War through Operation Inherent Resolve. The display will be set up on the grounds of the Salem Museum and is presented by the 24th Virginia Infantry Living Historians, who will be onsite from noon to 4 pm to answer questions. This event is free and open to the public.

Traditionally, in conflicts past, the spot where a soldier or a marine fell in battle was marked by a helmet placed on a rifle with its bayonet thrust into the ground. This marker was a powerful symbol of respect, but also of courage, sacrifice and loss.

Our current day military rarely has the need to mark the locations of the fallen. Instead, the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is often displayed at memorial services that are held after a battle. The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross combines the helmet, rifle, and boots of each fallen comrade as part of a visual tribute.

Mask requirements for the event will be based on current Virginia Department of Health guidelines. This is an outdoor event: masks may be optional although social distancing is recommended. Masks are required inside the Salem Museum.

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Fallen Defenders—Past to Present
  • 801 E Main St
  • Salem, VA 24153
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  • Salem Museum & Historical Society
  • Free