Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Prattville Dragoons Camp News

The following was highlighted in the February Camp Dispatch newsletter as the recent Dragoons news of interest.

Camp News
Dragoons Venerate General Lee.  The month of January saw Dragoons pay homage to General Robert E. Lee in several ways.  We placed an ad, complete with a photograph, praising General Lee in several local newspapers, as we do every year.  We enjoyed an evening of fellowship with the Henry C. Semple Camp 2002 at their Lee-Jackson Dinner on Friday 17 January.  We attended ceremonies in honor of General Lee on Monday 20 January at the First White House and on Saturday 25 January at the Capitol.
Dragoons Sponsor JROTC Hunley Award.  Commander Stuart Waldo has met with representatives at Prattville and Stanhope Elmore High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) detachments so that our Camp can sponsor H.L. Hunley Awards at their April awards presentations.  This award goes to a second-year cadet who exemplifies honor, courage and most importantly commitment to the JROTC unit.  Of course the award was named in honor of the crew of the H.L. Hunley who gave their lives in defense of their country and demonstrated these same qualities in performing their duties.
Commander Waldo Visits Famous Confederate Cemetery. Commander Stuart Waldo recently visited the renowned Marietta Confederate Cemetery.  You can read about it in a five-part blog posting on the camp website, theprattvilledragoons.blogspot.com.  Our Quartermaster David Brantley came to us from that area and attended numerous events including Confederate Memorial Day programs there.
Mt. Zion Tree Removal Project.  Director Bill Rambo of Confederate Memorial Park has warned that three large dead trees need to be removed at the old Mt. Zion Cemetery, two miles north of Deatsville off Highway 143, to prevent damage to graves of Confederate veterans who are buried there.  This project is being funded in part by the Dragoons, who are also coordinating the effort in collaboration with Carl French of Camp 692 in Montgomery and Butch Godwin of Camp 62 in Selma.

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