Saturday, July 29, 2017
Gettysburg Battle Anniversary Day 1
My fifth week here at Gettysburg
An Incident Command Post was set up in the park to coordinate communication and information between the various agencies working the event, which included state police and US Park Police. I was fortunate enough to visit the command post on Saturday morning, and hear the day’s briefing. After the briefing, I went to my post for the day, a crosswalk near General Mead’s headquarters, where I helped visitors cross the street and manage traffic.
All in all, the first day of the anniversary was a success. The large groups planning on demonstrating at Gettysburg never really materialized, although several private militia organizations did show up to the anniversary. Thankfully, the day went largely without incident. However, a visitor suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and had to be stabilized and transported to the hospital. Towards the end of the day, a major storm blew through the park, sending tourists packing, and signaling an end to the first day.