Battlefield Historic Site
GRAND OPENING IN PHOTOS
Site opens exactly 152 years after the start of the
Battle of Resaca
May 13, 2016-
The Battle of Resaca began in earnest on Friday, May 13, 1864. On Friday May 13, 2016 the historic park finally officially opened to the public. It took the Friends of Resaca and many other agencies and individuals 20 years to make this happen. It was truly a great day for our Friends group and for anyone interested in history and the beauty of nature. Here are some photos capturing the day...
It was a near perfect spring afternoon at the site's pavilion where a large crowd gathered from all over the country. People as far away as Chicago, IL came for the ceremony.
FORB President Ken Padgett makes a few remarks to the crowd during the ceremony.
An honor guard of reenactors in both blue and gray assisted with the dedication of this site to history and to future generations.
Cannon fire was an impressive salute.
Glenda and Kent Allen worked the FORB tent where information and membership applications were given out. Doug Marvel (seated in back) assisted as well.
FORB founding member Jule Medders regaled the gathering with a touching rendition of his original song "The Battle of Resaca".
President Ken Padgett cuts the ribbon along with FORB founding member Jule Medders (fourth from left) and other dignitaries who helped make this moment possible.
Friends of Resaca board members pose at the big moment. It is an understatement to say "what a long strange trip it's been." We have worked 20 years for this and now the historic site in yours! Jule Medders and Ken Padgett are on the stage. Left to right in front are: Doug Marvel, Jerry Holmes, Kent Allen, Glenda Allen, John Guider, Keith Beason, Tony Patton, and Jeff Henderson.