September 3, 2011 01:26 PM
Tuesday, Aug. 30, was the final flag retreat ceremony of 2011 for the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry at Lincoln Tomb in Springfield. The 114th is a local group of Civil War-era reenactors who perform at many ceremonies at historical sites in central Illinois and surrounding states. The flag is lowered with pomp and ceremony by the men of the 114th in their dress uniforms. After the lowering, the flag is folded and presented to a spectator. If you wish to be one of those lucky spectators, pre-registration is required so your name can be drawn at random. For 2011, the ceremony occurred at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night from June 1 to Aug. 30 and lasted around 45 minutes. My wife and I attended the last ceremony this year and photographed it. Many spectators attended as it was a nice, cool evening. Please check out the photos below and visit the 114th at their Facebook page if you would like to keep up with their activities.