Thursday, September 13, 2012
Twilight at Beach Cross
The 10 ft. cross which now stands atop a large dune on the south side Ft. Pickens Road was originally placed on the north side in 1959 by the Knights of Columbus. It was part of the Quadra centenniel celebration of Don Tristan de Luna's landing in Pensacola in 1559, establishing America's first European settlement and commemorated the first Christian worship service in America, a Catholic Mass which was held by one or more of the five Dominican priests which accompanied Don Tristan de Luna on his expedition.
The date of the first Mass was approximately August 15, 1559.