There are at least 4 events in our Montgomery AL area that you can participate in to honor your Confederate veterans during Confederate History and Heritage Month. The state holiday for Confederate Memorial Day is Monday 24 April this year. On that date at 10:00 A.M. at the Confederate Memorial Monument on the state capitol grounds, the Alabama United Daughters of the Confederacy will host their annual Confederate Memorial remembrance. There are chairs provided or you can sit on the capitol steps or bring a folding chair. There will be cannon firing, rifle salute, bagpipes, music by Fiddlin' in the Parlor, keynote speaker Pastor John Weaver, ancestor honor roll call and more. You may announce the name of one Confederate soldier, his company and/or regiment during the roll call/bell ringing. Pastor Weaver is from Georgia and is well known for his positive commentaries about the South and Confederacy. One of his most famous commentaries, which our camp has on CD for those interested, is The Truth Concerning the Confederate Battle Flag. Here is a recording of his sermon/commentary on the Battle Flag with other videos of his talks listed on the side of the page:
The second event is our own Prattville Dragoon Confederate Memorial ceremony at the two Dragoon monuments on Washington St. at the Prattville Primary School. (Street address for the school if you need it is 216 Wetumpka St., Prattville) Our monuments are just around the corner from the front of the school and face Washington St. This will be on Monday 24 April at 6:00 P. M. We are most fortunate to have Pastor Weaver scheduled to speak at our ceremony also! Rarely would any of us have the opportunity to hear this great man speak twice in one day but here is your opportunity. We need a crowd there to support Dr. Weaver. Commander Waldo and the other officers challenge all members who can possibly attend to be there and bring some guests! There will be bagpipes and a wreath laying at the Dragoons monument there at the primary school. Bring your lawn chairs to this event. There is ample parking on site.
Another fine Confederate Memorial Day Program to attend will be held on Tuesday April 25 in Selma at the Confederate Memorial Circle in the Old Live Oak Cemetery. This event is hosted by the Selma Chapter 53 UDC and the Col.C.C. Pegues SCV Camp 62. This event will be held at 6pm on Tuesday and also features past-SCV Chaplain in Chief John Weaver. Confederate Memorial Circle has had extensive renovations to beautify the final resting place of many Confederate veterans and provides educational kiosks also.
The fourth event is the memorial service at Oakwood cemetery in Montgomery hosted by the Ladies Memorial Association on Wednesday 26 April at 2:00 P.M. April 26 is the original date designated by the Legislature for Confederate Memorial Day as it was the date that General Joseph Johnston surrendered his Army in North Carolina in 1865. The LMA has held Confederate Memorial services there since 1866, the year it was organized. They built a pavilion in 1869 which is still there today and will will be the location of the ceremony. This is always a splendid service, held in open air springtime weather under the trees and amoung the rolling hills of Oakwood cemetery. There will be an honor guard to fire a salute to the Confederate veterans. LMA website: http://www.theladiesmemorialassociationofmontgomery.yolasite.com
Make your plans to attend some or all of these events during Confederate History month. These ceremonies will definitely stir your Confederate blood.