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Battle of Franklin Annual Illumination Ceremony.

Please join us at the Carter House on Nov. 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm for the Battle of Franklin Annual Illumination Ceremony.
The annual candle-lighting ceremony commemorates the thousands of casualties that resulted from the battle which was fought on Nov. 30, 1864.

The ceremony, which has been held at several battle-related sites in Franklin in the past, will take place this year at 4:45 p.m. near The Carter House on Nov. 30.

Family groups, school groups, and Boy/Girl Scout groups are encouraged to participate in the arrangement and display of the luminaries.

The City of Franklin is asking volunteers to participate in several ways:

1) Preliminary setup: Nov. 29 at 10 am. Volunteers are needed to paint a grid on the ground outlining where the luminaries will be placed. Volunteers will use chalk to place small dots on the field adjacent to The Carter House. The dots create a pattern for laying out the luminaries in a more aesthetically pleasing ceremony. This process should take around two hours.

2) Luminary setup: Nov. 30 at 1 pm set up will start and candle lighting begins at 3 pm. This stage involves creating the luminaries – the smaller paper bags that hold the candles used to mark the ceremony. Some volunteers will work at tables placing wooden candle-holders into the luminary bags. Other volunteers are needed to take the bags onto the grid and place the bags on the dots. The candles will be lighted from 3 to 3:30 pm. The ceremony starts at 4:45 pm.

3) Luminary cleanup: Nov. 30 at 5:45 pm. After the ceremony concludes around 5:30 pm, volunteers are needed to extinguish the candles, pick them up, and disassemble the luminaries. The candles and blocks will be saved and stored for reuse.
If you have questions please contact Angell Wallace at 615-786-1864

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