January 19th is the birthday of General Robert E. Lee and this year marks the 206th anniversary of his birth. A number of events are planned to celebrate his birthday and honor this Confederate hero. January 21st of course is a state holiday in Alabama honoring Robert E. Lee.
On Thursday January 17th, the Selma AL Col. C.C. Pegues camp #62 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a steak dinner at the Tally-Ho Restaurant on Mangum Avenue in Selma. A delicious steak dinner will be served and guest speaker Dr. Harry Reeder will highlight the events for the evening which begins at 6:30 pm. Pat and Butch Godwin, Friends of Forrest, can be contacted for further information.
On Friday January 18th, the Montgomery AL Semple camp #2002 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will again host their Lee-Jackson banquet at the Dalraida Methodist Church fellowship hall. Bob Bradley will be the keynote speaker and a rib eye steak dinner with all the trimmings will be provided. Contact Semple Camp Communications Officer Alan Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Alabama Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hist a memorial service for General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson at 10am at the Confederate monument at the state capital. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will be held in the State Archives building. The program will start at 10am and will include a band, a reenactment honor guard, a 21-gun salute and a keynote address by the Honorable Hank Arnold.
On Monday January 21st, the St. Clair SCV Camp #308 has planned a travelling memorial for this holiday. At 9:30 am at the Pell City courthouse there will be a gun salute and placement of a memorial wreath. At 10am at the Ashville courthouse there will be a gun salute and placement of a memorial wreath. Then at 11am, at the Oneonta courthouse there will be a program including gun salute. Period dress is requested but not required.
Also on Monday at the First White House of the Confederacy there will be a program celebrating the birthday of General Robert E. Lee including birthday cake. Enjoy all these activities and show your support for the Cause and these great and honorable Confederate heroes by participating in as many of these events as possible.