Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Remembrance Service for Memorial Day at Trinity Presbyterian Church

The Prattville Dragoons Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 participated in the Remembrance Service hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery AL on Sunday May 29th.  Prior to the service in the sanctuary of Trinity, a Patriotic Medley Prelude was played on the beautiful organ accompanied by a trumpet.  The colors were then posted including the U.S. flag and flags from each branch of the service led by a bagpiper in kilt.  Patriotic hymns were sung by all including "MMy Country 'Tis of Thee", "America the Beeautiful" and "The National Anthem".  The Trinity Men's Choir also sand an Offertory Anthem "For the Fallen: They Shall Grow Old Not" and an Anthem "Mansions of the Lord".  The Senior Minister of Trinity provided the Invocation and led the Confession of Sin which the congregation recited in unison. An Alabama National Guard chaplain provided a good appropriate message entitled "Two Memorials" which related that we should celebrate the sacrifices of our fallen American soldiers who helped preserve our political and religious freedoms but that only thru Jesus can we be assured of spiritual liberty and security. Following a collection which benefitted the National Guard, The Laying of Wreaths in Memory of Our Heroic Dead was conducted with representatives from each organization called in succession according to the program in historical chronological order starting with the Jamestowne (Colony) Society, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames, different chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of 1812, the UDC and SCV as well as The Ladies Memorial Association of Montgomery. Representatives of organizations from more recent conflicts included the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Military Officers Association and, the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  After all the wreaths were placed in the apse a Moment of Silence was observed followed by the playing of Taps by trumpet. The service concluded with a Benediction and the Recessional led by the bagpiper. 1st Lt Harold Grooms represented the Dragoons in placing the magnolia wreath provided by the camp adorned with four mini-Battle flags.  Camp 1524 Commander Stuart Waldo was also in attendance as was Quartermaster Bill Myrick, Allen Herrod and, Tyrone Crowley with their wives.  It was truly a beautiful memorial service, one which Harold stated was perhaps the most moving he had attended.
Dragoons with Memorial Wreath

Posting of the Colors Led by Bagpiper

Chaplain Delivering the Sernon

Placement of the UDC Wreath in Memory of All Confederates Who Fought in the War Between the States 

1st Lt. Harold Grooms Observes a Moment of Silence after Placing the SCV Camp 1524 Wreath. 

A Moment of Silence after Placement of all the Wreaths in the Sanctuary Apse.

The Assemblage of all the Memorial Wreaths. 

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