National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
General Grant National Memorial
President Grant Birthday Commemoration
11 a.m. – Noon, April 27, 2014
Please join the National Park Service and the United
States Military Academy at General Grant National
Memorial (“Grant’s Tomb”) as they commemorate the
192nd anniversary of President Ulysses S Grant’s birth.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “The
Relevance of History.”
The keynote speaker will be nationally recognized
award-winning journalist for NY1 News Cheryl Wills.
She is the author of the recent book “Die Free: A Heroic
Family Tale,” which pays homage to the storied treasure of
her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, who fled
his slave master and fought valiantly as a member of the
United States Colored Troops from 1863–1865.
Remarks will also be given by Brigadier General Richard
D. Clarke, 74th Commandant of Cadets, United State
Military Academy at West Point, representing the
President of the United States Barack Obama, and Ulysses
Grant Dietz, descendant of President Grant, among a few
other noted speakers.
In addition, West Point Cadets will provide an honor
guard, fire a salute, and play taps. Wreaths will be laid
at the mausoleum where Grant and his wife, Julia Dent
Grant, are entombed.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony is moved
inside the mausoleum. The ceremony is open to the
public, and some seating is provided on a first-come
Following the ceremony, from approximately 12:15 p.m.
to 12:30 p.m., Ms. Wills will be signing copies of her book,
which will be available at the visitor center across the
street from the mausoleum.