Friday, April 5, 2013

Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate Heritage Month Placing of Flags at Prattville Area Cemeteries

Prattville Dragoon Communication Officer Tyrone Crowley provided the following history of Confederate Memorial Day:
History of Confederate Memorial Day (per Alabama Confederate April 2007, pp. 1-2)
o   First observed in Columbus GA and Columbus MS in 1866.
o   US Memorial Day was patterned on these observations, beginning in 1868, US Gen John A Logan being impressed with Southern dedication and decoration ceremonies.
o   Observed
§  26 April in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi
§  10 May in North and South Carolina
§  30 May in Virginia
§  3 June, Jeff Davis Birthday, in Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee

Dragoon Larry Spears placed additional flags at Rocky Mount and Robinson Springs Cemeteries following the Dragoons March 30th Oak Hill Cemetery event. Larry said he gave Commander Bill Myrick some assistance as he was feeling under the weather and flagged graves at Rocky Mount Cemetery including that of Lisbon Fails Gober, father of Henry and Vince Gober, deceased member of the Dragoons. 
Historical Marker at Rocky Mount Cemetery
Grave Marker of Lisbon Failes Gober
Rocky Mount Cemetery

Larry also too Battle flags by Robinson Springs Cemetery in Millbrook AL.
Robinson Springs Cemetery
Grave at Robinson Springs Cemetery

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