Thursday, April 26, 2012

Teleportation - Attending Two Simultaneous Confederate Memorial Events

Last Saturday, April 21st, there was a full schedule of Confederate Memorial Day celebrations around the central Alabama area which virtually required being in two places at one time.  Would have been nice to have had the technology of teleportation like the crew of the Enterprise enjoyed in Star Trek. First attended the Confederate Memorial Day parade at 10am hosted by the local League of the South chapter which crossed the Coosa River bridge into downtown Wetumpka.  Unfortunately I missed the food and music which was sure to be enjoyable as I had to make the 30 mile drive up to Confederate Memorial Park for the United Daughters of the Confederacy Confederate Memorial Day program at the church there in the Park.  This was a fantastic program with the Children of the Confederacy actually hosting the program and providing some very good memorial messages recognizing not just Confederate veterans and casualties but those from all the wars the United States has joined.  The Cradle of the Confederacy SCV Camp provided a color guard and Park Director Bill Rambo conveyed how much it meant to have the operating funds for the Park protected by the action of the SCV and UDC from attack by ignorant and racist Alabama state legislators.  It was attended by a large crowd, standing room only in the quaint church.  In addition to prayers and responsive reading there was music including of course Dixie which concluded the portion of the program in the church.  The wreath laying was then performed at the No.2 cemetary including the playing of taps and three musket and cannon volleys.  The Confederate Battle Flags which the Prattville Dragoons had placed on the veteran's graves were still there which provided a fantastic backdrop for the wreath. 

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