Commanders Column for December 2013
This is indeed Happy Holidays for Confederate heritage compatriots with the recent news from Selma regarding Confederate Circle at Old Live Oak Cemetery. The Selma City Council approved a settlement of the lawsuit brought against the city by KTK Mining which provided a deed to Confederate Circle to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, reimbursed KTK Mining for losses attributable to the interruption of their beautification and enhancement work of Confederate Circle and, approved plans for these enhancements. A debt of gratitude is owed to the Friends of Forrest and their supporters, the Godwins and Todd Kiscaden for fighting untiringly for the honor of the brave Confederate defenders of Selma and for the preservation of Confederate heritage and history. This victory was won in what is arguably one of the most hostile environments to the Cause in the state of Alabama but one member of the City Council even finally recognized in a statement that it is important to embrace the true history of Selma and its place in the War Between the States. What if the Friends of Forrest had grown weary of the long struggle against what appeared to be a corrupt system and ceased their fight and allowed the anarchist instigators this victory instead? But they followed the spirit of the Charge, the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name and the guardianship of his history. So future generations will be able to visit this hallowed ground and reflect on the sacrifices these brave souls made for liberty and self-determination in the face of insurmountable odds.
As the Charge also implores us, our Confederate forebears possessed ideals which we should emulate. Chief among them are Christian virtues and this Holiday season should be a time to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we immerse ourselves in the rush of Christmas shopping culminated in the opening of gifts with the ones we love, we should remain focused on the greatest gift we have received, that of eternal life with our Lord in heaven. My family always reads the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2 as part of our festivities to keep our perspective on why we are celebrating the holiday. Christian virtues include prioritizing and treasuring our families and honoring our ancestors and standing tall and strong in defense of them and their memory. Our Confederate ancestors and those veterans of Selma fought and died to defend their families and homes. These soldiers experienced a spiritual revival when faced with the deprivation and hardships and carnage of war. As you create memories sitting around your Christmas tree sipping eggnog, nibbling fruitcake and opening gifts with your family, remember to give thanks to God for his gift and his blessings and for your Southern heritage and birthright. I hope to see you all over the holiday season perhaps at our camp Christmas Social or in support of our community parade entries. These events are wonderful opportunities to share the holiday season with your extended Confederate family, promote the Cause and, celebrate Confederate heritage victories won and those we have yet to fight. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.