|Memorial Wreath Placed Near the Cannon in Confederate Rest Cemetery|
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Alabama Division Reunion June 8, 2013 - Part 4
Following the Business Meeting of the Division Reunion and the Luncheon, a Memorial Service was held at Confederate Rest in Point Clear, AL. Confederate Rest is in the Eastern Shore Memorial Cemetery near the Grand Hotel in Point Clear and is a beautiful resting spot underneath some grand oak trees and actually within a stone's throw of the Robert Trent Jones Lakewood Golf Course. The Memorial Service began with the posting of the colors while there were many small Confederate flags around the grounds and a large one on a flagpole in the Confederate portion of the cemetery. The program began with a welcome from Blakeley Camp Commander Tommy Rhodes and an invocation by camp Chaplain Jerry Rowley. Then the pledges to the United States, Alabama State and Confederate flags were made. A memorial wreath was placed by UDC members Mrs. Mary Beth Majesty and Mrs. Barbara Alphin followed by the first of three rifle and cannon volley salutes. The Roll Call of Honor included recently deceased SCV member Price Legg of the Ft. Blakeley Camp and Mrs. Barbara Jenkins of the UDC Chapter 2390. Another volley salute followed. Alabama Division Commander Gary Carlyle provided a Memorial Address dressed very dapper in a light blue Seersucker suit and a straw hat. He also led everyone in singing some good ol' Southern heritage songs playing his guitar and at the conclusion of the program he joined in the music accompaniment for the singing of Dixie. Chaplain Rowley provided the Benediction which was followed by Taps played by bugler Tom Robinson. A final triple volley rifle and cannon salute and the retiring of the colors brought the program to a close.