WASHINGTON COUNTY - For up to two hours, in a parade of headlights snaking along Md. 34, the vehicles will wait to begin a silent vigil in honor of fallen heroes.
Barring poor weather, the 14th annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
For five miles, more than 2,000 cars will pass through the Sharpsburg historical site, quietly making their way amongst more than 20,000 candles.
Each representing someone killed, wounded or gone missing during the single bloodiest day in U.S. history - Sept. 17, 1862, when Union and Confederate troops entered battle on fields outside of Sharpsburg - the 23,110 candles have been painstakingly created and cared for by roughly 1,200 volunteers.