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Since 1991, the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council has hosted the Brooksville Raid (1864) Reenactment at their 1,300-acre Sand Hill Scout Reservation. Now Council has decided not to renew the agreement with event co-sponsors, the Hernando Historical Museum Association and the North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club. The next reenactment in January would have been the 40th anniversary of the event. “There were several issues that were discussed and contributed to the decision,” said Jim Rees, chief executive officer for the council. “Ultimately, the committee determined it was not in the best interest of the scout council to continue.” He provided no other specifics. On their Facebook page, Brooksville Raid organizers cited the pandemic and declining profitability as factors. Organizers and those who commented on the post also mentioned declining interest among young people in joining the reenactment community and the recent racial unrest across the country. Will other Scout councils and units withdraw from reenactment events? Photos and more at source: https://www.tampabay.com/news/hernando/2020/07/20/living-history-or-playing-war-brooksville-raid-reenactment-ends-after-40-years/
The annual Memorial Illumination is "held the first Saturday in December because it provides a maximum amount of darkness and the battlefield leases about half the park to local farmers. The later start gives them time to clear their crops." Nearly 23,000 luminaries are placed to honor each soldier killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862. "It's a tangible way to see 23,000," said Keith Snyder, chief of resource education and visitor services for the battlefield. "This was the bloodiest day in American military history. It's four times D-Day, six times Pearl Harbor and it's so hard for people to understand. So this way, you can drive through six miles of tour roads and see candles as far as you can see, each one representing one of those casualties. It's an amazing sight." "We have about 1,000 volunteers, which to me is the most amazing part," Snyder said. Of the volunteers, the largest are the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, some of whom came from beyond the Tri-State area. Snyder is most happy about the Scouts' participation because one of the battlefield's missions is to get youth involved. https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/antietam-national-battlefield-illumination-draws-thousands/article_829ca370-d7ca-11e7-bad8-4bc21894a48c.html I will have to see this some day.