Monday, April 21, 2014

Prattville Dragoons Camp Picnic April 2014 - Part 1, Battle Flag Setting at Cemeteries

The Dragoons held their annual picnic on Saturday April 5th at Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury, AL.  This date was a week prior to the regular date but it coincided with a Living History encampment and skirmish at the Park which made for a wonderful educational day long event with the flag setting, picnic and period displays and presentations.  At 9am members of the Prattville Dragoons and their families gathered at the Park to set Battle Flags at the graves of the 300 Confederate veterans laid to rest there.  The beautiful red, white and blue flags fluttered in the cool spring air placed at each marker on the hilltop there.  Flags were set at the two graves at the park in short order as many folks came early for this annual camp tradition to honor these brave Confederate patriot warriors.  Following the flag setting, a camp program was held including a swearing-in of the officers, a gospel singing program, presentation of a check to the Alabama State Archives for flag preservation, and the culmination with a delicious picnic dinner.  Afterwards many stayed into the afternoon to see the Living History presentations and displays and a reenactment skirmish held in the Park.
The Jones' Family Setting Flags
The Brantleys Take a Moment from Setting Flags to Smile for the Camera
Dragoons and Their Families Who Set Flags at Confederate Memorial Park
Battle Flags at Confederate Memorial Park Cemetery No.1

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