Angels on the Bluff to begin Nov. 9

Published 11:55 pm Sunday, October 7, 2007

Now hear this, Natchez City Cemetery presents “Angels on the Bluff,” a Tribute to the American Veteran, the night tour for 2007 on Nov. 9 and 10. This year on the 11 there will be a performance for the elderly and handicap held at First Baptist Church of Natchez in the Family Life Center at 2 p.m. The night tour is Friday and Saturday night only. Start times will be every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 8:30.

As you know, parking at the cemetery is unavailable, so you must park at the Natchez Visitor’s Reception Center about 30 minutes before your chosen start time in order to board a free shuttle to the cemetery.

To order your tickets for your chosen time, contact the Natchez Convention Visitors Center at (601) 446-6345 or 1-800-647-6724. Tickets are $15 each for persons aged 12 or older. There will be no refunds if we are rained out.

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The success of “Angels on the Bluff” has created a situation of being sold out each year, and we are seeing many out of town visitors, so please beat the rush and order your tickets soon.

This year’s tour will prove to be an exciting and interesting portrayal of men and women and events throughout America’s military conflicts. Major Issac Guion, was a soldier of the America Revolution and Commander of the Mississippi Territory in 1797, and raised the flag over Natchez in 1798. A Confederate encampment will be alive with the assistance of the Sons of Confederates, Major General William T. Martin, Camp 500. James Miller served in the War of 1812, and he lived in the home “Waterproof” in Waterproof, La. Wilson Brown was the first African American to be awarded the National Medal of Honor. Emma Gene Wensel Venn, a Red Cross Nurse who was serving in France and killed on the last day of the Great War (World War I). August Doerle, a German immigrant mistakenly joined the Yankee Army during the War Between the States because of his inability to speak English. He was awarded this country’s highest honor: The Medal of Honor. William Allen Adams, colonel, U.S. Air Force served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Angels-on-the-Bluff T-Shirts commemorating this year’s tour will be sold, as well as Cemetery books, DVDs and postcards at the Visitor’s Center.

Many volunteers are already hard at work to bring you the best “Angels on the Bluff” yet, so get your tickets early and be ready to learn more about your cemetery and your town.

Mike Downey is the director of the Natchez City Cemetery.