ST. AUGUSTINE, FL â€“ Four hundred and forty-nine years ago, in September 1565, AdmiralÂ Don Pedro MenÃ©ndez de AvilÃ©s stepped ashore on Matanzas Bay and founded St. Augustine, Florida, the oldestÂ continuously occupied European city, port, and parish in the continental United States.
On Saturday, Sept.Â 6, 2014, the annual, historical reenactment of MenÃ©ndez’ landing and anniversaryÂ commemorations will be held at Mission Nombre de DiosÂ in St. Augustine (www.missionandshrine.org).
The anniversary commemoration will begin at 10Â a.m.Â and will end approximately at noon. Admission isÂ freeÂ ofÂ charge to the public. Ample, free parking is available on-site. Seating is limited, so please consider bringing aÂ folding chair.
Additional activities will take place next door at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (www.fountainofyouthflorida.com) ollowing theÂ Founding DayÂ heritage commemoration at the Mission.
- The historical re-enactment of Admiral Don Pedro MenÃ©ndez de AvilÃ©sâ€™ landing in 1565 by Florida LivingÂ History, Inc.
- Period liturgical music provided by volunteers from Cantorae St. Augustine ( www.cantorae.com );
- A Mass of Thanksgiving
- A Grand Procession following the Mass of Thanksgiving
- A performance of a scene from a 16th-century Spanish play by Florida Living History, Inc.â€™s Theater with aÂ Mission group, will follow the Mass and procession; this presentation is funded by a grant from the FloridaÂ Humanities Council through the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Florida Living History, Inc.â€™s partners in St. Augustineâ€™s traditional Founding Day Event include:
- The Florida Historical Society â€“ myfloridahistory.org
- The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration â€“ staugustine-450.com
- The St. Augustine Historical Society â€“ www.staugustinehistoricalsociety.org/
- The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau â€“Â www.floridashistoriccoast.com
- Viva Florida 500 â€“ www.vivaflorida.org
For more details, go toÂ www.floridalivinghistory.org. Financial support is provided, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council and by theÂ continued support of Florida Living History, Inc.â€™s donors. Stay updated on facebook.