Speaking of Google searches, the Farmette Report is starting to get some hits from folks who are looking for information on the annual Memorial Illumination at Antietam National Battlefield. Barring seriously inclement weather, the Illumination is always scheduled for the first Saturday in December. According to my calendar and the National Park Service, that means this year's display will be held on Saturday, December 3rd. Go here for more information about the luminary display, or click here for last year's blog post about how gut-wrenching it is to view 23,000 luminaries, knowing that each candle represents a human life, the dead, the missing and the wounded from the bloodiest single day of fighting in the Civil War.
If you've never gone to the Memorial Illumination, it's well worth the visit. A couple of hints if you decide to make the trip: 1) take a bathroom break before you get into the line of cars waiting to get into the park - the wait and the slow five miles through the park can take up to two hours; and 2) bring a little cash for the small "suggested donation" at the park entrance.