Fort D Historic Site set for re-enactment on Memorial Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – As we remember our fallen heroes in military service this coming weekend for Memorial Day, Fort D Historic Site will be open from Saturday, May 28 to Monday, May 30.

The Blockhouse will open to visitors and a re-enactment of veterans from past and present will be put on by local actors.

Friday morning, Scott House gave a tour of the Blockhouse and detailed the history that went into the Fort. The fort was just a ceiling when in the 1930’s civic action restored the fort and made it a historic site.

Memorial Day was first celebrated as Decoration Day in 1868 by proclamation of General John A. Logan from nearby Murphysboro, Ill. Logan wanted it as a day of remembrance for those who had fallen in battle while serving their country in the American Civil War.

It was originally called Decoration Day where people would decorate the graves of their ancestors. Starting in 1882, people referred to it as Memorial Day.

Fort D honors veterans by hosted a living history at what was a real, live, army establishment from 1861 to 1865.

Organizers hope to bring to life a little bit of the Civil War times, but also honor the sacrifices for those who have served.

Fort D is located at 920 Fort Street in Cape Girardeau.

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