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Old 08-18-2018, 08:47 PM   #1
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Mt. Rushmore evening program

My wife and I, both Navy vets, recently visited Mt. Rushmore. We went during the day on one day and saw most of the park, but we returned for the evening program after dark. I think for vets that would be a very rewarding experience. It was for us. They have a very patriotic program discussing the four presidents. At the end they ask the vets to come down front and assist with lowering the colors. On our night there was a crowd of over a thousand or two. About a hundred or more vets started down the stairs to the stage and the audience broke into a spontaneous applause. It was one of my better veteran experiences to be saluted at the foot of Mt. Rushmore. Great! When you do visit Mt. Rushmore really recommend getting back to the evening program.
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That is a fantastic story, thanks for sharing. And thanks to you and your wife, shipmate, for your service.
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Good to hear about the audience response...
Evening program just went on our bucket list....
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:17 PM   #4
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Was there for the evening program last fall. Really nice touch having us vets come down for the lowering of the colors.
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This was take as we were leaving after the evening program. Awesome experience.
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Yes. Rushmore was moving. Stone Mountain GA is worth the trip for the same reason.Click image for larger version

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Just a wonderful program! If you are planning on going with a disabled vet, be aware they need 2-3 days notice to arrange assistance to get the vet down to the stage through the back entrance. We found this out the hard way when we went with my FIL who is a 97 year old WWII vet. he was in tears to see all the vets come over to him after the ceremony. It was also touching with the offers of an assist to get him back up the stairs.
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My wife and I, both Navy vets, recently visited Mt. Rushmore. We went during the day on one day and saw most of the park, but we returned for the evening program after dark. I think for vets that would be a very rewarding experience. It was for us. They have a very patriotic program discussing the four presidents. At the end they ask the vets to come down front and assist with lowering the colors. On our night there was a crowd of over a thousand or two. About a hundred or more vets started down the stairs to the stage and the audience broke into a spontaneous applause. It was one of my better veteran experiences to be saluted at the foot of Mt. Rushmore. Great! When you do visit Mt. Rushmore really recommend getting back to the evening program.
Yes "Very Moving "you will Not see a Dry Eye in the area! This is the Evening Show!
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We were also there last year. A great event. But, I was a little put off as they did not play Taps as the flag was lowered. It is one of those events I would go to more than once.
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We were there last year also for both the daytime activities and again later that evening. A must see for all!
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We were also there last year. A great event. But, I was a little put off as they did not play Taps as the flag was lowered. It is one of those events I would go to more than once.
Typically, The National Anthem is played at flag lowering ceremonies preceded by the bugle call to retreat. Taps is typically not sounded at flag lowering ceremonies.
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My wife and I, both Navy vets, recently visited Mt. Rushmore.
When were you there? We were there and saw that ceremony this past Wednesday on the 15th.
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Praise God for that type of response to other Vets. Your covering the activities and reporting it to us brought an emotional response within me that I wasn't expecting after having served and having been discharged about 48 years ago.
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When were you there? We were there and saw that ceremony this past Wednesday on the 15th.
e July 22, 2018.
We were there on July 21, 2018.
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Definitely a "must do" now!!
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My sister and her Vietnam vet husband went to Mt. Rushmore last year and visited the park during the day. They also went back for the evening service. It was September, I think, when they went and was chilly at night but besides that, they found it to be a very moving experience as well and well worth the trip back to the park in the evening. As others have said, to those who have served as well as those currently serving: thank you. My father was a Korean War Ex-POW and this great country of ours is especially near and dear to my heart.
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X2, Was at MT Rushmore for evening show. Very moving! Little unknown, if you ask ranger, they will let you in designers house just off main campus with remote gate. Picture window of the Presidents with telescope. He used it to monitor the progress of the carving of the sculpture. Nice!
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