Saturday, the annual historic re-enactment of Menéndez’ landing and anniversary commemorations will be held at Mission Nombre de Dios and Historic City News will have a reporter and photographer on the scene.
Four hundred and forty-five years ago, in September 1565, Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stepped ashore at Matanzas Bay and founded St. Augustine, Florida; the oldest, continuously occupied, European city and port in the continental United States.
The “Founding Day” heritage Event will feature:
• The historical re-enactment of Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’ landing in 1565
• A proclamation by the Honorable Nancy Sikes-Kline, Commissioner of the City of St. Augustine
• A historical presentation by Dr. Bonnie G. McEwan, executive director of Mission San Luis in
• A Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop Victor Galeone
• A procession to escort Menéndez’ casket to its new resting place in the new Mission Nombre de Dios Museum
• The dedication and grand opening of the new Mission Nombre de Dios Museum.
These free events are being held Saturday, September 4, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. until noon at the Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche located at/ 27 Ocean Avenue.
Additional events and activities will take place following the procession and Museum dedication at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.