Meriwether Lewis’ life to be honored in Tenn.

Special to The Travel Trolley

On Oct. 7, Meriwether Lewis, the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will be honored for the first time with a national memorial service.

In commemoration of the bicentennial of Lewis’ death and to respect his memory, Hohenwald, Tenn., will pay tribute to Meriwether Lewis with a ceremony worthy of this true American hero.

The commemorative event will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Meriwether Lewis grave and monument at milepost 385.9 on the Natchez Trace Parkway and just off Tennessee Hwy. 20 in Hohenwald. The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, headquartered in Montana, will host the bicentennial commemoration through its Tennessee Meriwether Lewis chapter.

The ceremony will be part of the Foundation’s annual meeting.

Descendants of both Lewis and Clark, government officials, tribal chiefs, representatives from Monticello, re-enactors from the Lewis and Clark Expedition bicentennial and people from across the country will assemble at Meriwether Lewis’ grave “to mourn the tragedy of his short life and to honor his achievements.”

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