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All systems go at Antietam

Battlefield ready for 21st annual Salute to Independence

Battlefield ready for 21st annual Salute to Independence

July 01, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

Some uninvited guests are expected at today's 21st annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield, but Superintendent John Howard said bug spray should make quick work of them.

"There are a lot of gnats floating around the grass," Howard said Friday after a walking tour of the site of the annual celebration, which will be held as planned despite several days of bad weather.

Howard said because of the recent rains, more than the usual number of bugs are present on the battlefield.

"The number one thing to bring is bug spray," Howard recommended to the thousands who annually attend the event. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra begins its performance at 7:30 p.m. and continues through the traditional fireworks display.

The good news is that barring any further rainfall, the battlefield is in good shape for visitors.

"The grass is pretty dry, and the upper level of the ground is dry, too," Howard said.

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Howard said waterproof ground covers probably wouldn't be necessary for those who will be sitting on the ground.

"We are really looking forward to the event. Everyone has certainly earned a nice evening out," Howard said, referring to the recent rains.

Will the show go on?


Unsure about possible effects of weather on today's Salute to Independence? Call the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor's Center today after 11 a.m. at 301-432-5124.

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