Monday, January 23, 2017

Lee Jackson Banquet 2017

The Montgomery Captain Henry C. Semple SCV Camp 2002 hosted their annual Lee Jackson banquet at Grace Pointe Church of Christ on Friday evening January 20th to celebrate the birthdays of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.  Compatriot Philip Davis provided the Invocation and Benediction and Jack Caraway led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag as well as the Salute to the Confederate Flag.  Compatriot John Land served as the MC and did a wonderful job introducing everyone and keeping the program going while providing personal observations on this joyous occasion.  Grace Pointe Paster Scotty Harris blessed the food before everyone went through the banquet line and sat to enjoy the delicious dinner of beef tenderloin, wild rice and green beans with a wonderful fruit and greens salad.  Then everyone enjoyed a slice of the birthday cake which was wonderfully decorated with images of Lee and Jackson.  The speaker was Professor Grover L. Plunkett who teaches history at Faulkner University in Montgomery.  He delivered a superb message that we all should seek to emulate the virtues of these two great Christian leaders.  Specifically, he cited three such virtues of each providing examples of their courage, magnificence and temperance.  The program provided short stories about each man including one illustrating the empathy General Lee displayed toward a wounded enemy soldier following the Battle of Gettysburg.  Approximately 40 compatriots enjoyed the program and banquet and fellowship to celebrate the birthday of these two honorable beloved great Confederate generals.

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