Mormon exodus commemoration slated for Feb. 2

Part of the crowd participating in the 2010 re-enactment of the Nauvoo Exodus. The annual reenactment is set for Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Posted: Jan. 26, 2013 6:09 pm Updated: Feb. 17, 2013 1:15 am

NAUVOO, Ill. -- The faith, courage and sacrifice of Mormon pioneers who left Nauvoo seeking refuge in the Great Salt Lake Valley will be remembered and honored with special events Feb. 2 and 3 in Nauvoo.

The Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center will sponsor a re-enactment of their departure on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The theme for this year's commemoration is "Faith to Follow the Prophet."

A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. in the Family Living Center. At 9 a.m., a procession of horse-drawn wagons and carriages, military units and pedestrians will parade from the Cultural Hall on Main Street down "The Trail of Hope" to a memorial kiosk at the edge of the Mississippi River.

The memorial marks the starting point of the Mormon Trail to the Rocky Mountains and displays the names of more than 2,000 people who died along the way.

By tradition, many participants will be wearing or carrying the names of ancestors or other revered individuals who were part of the original migration. A short memorial will be held at the end of the parade route near the bank of the river.

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to dress appropriately for the era that is being honored and for the current weather.

A dramatic vignette will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the theater at the visitor's center.

The events are free and open to the public.

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