Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Prattville Dragoons Place Flags on Confederate Veterans Graves at Local Cemeteries

The Dragoons and other compatriots turned out Friday evening March 31st to flag the Confederate veteran graves at Oak Hill cemetery in Prattville, as has been done for many years. Chaplain Snowden led a prayer for these veterans, their families and descendants and the crew proceeded to place over 80 flags across the cemetery.  Present were Stuart Waldo, James Spears, Tyrone Crowley, Bill Myrick, Harold Grooms, Tom Snowden, Wayne Sutherland, Will Dismukes, Louis Turner Sr., Louis Turner Jr., Bill Gill and Shannon Fontaine. Shannon brought his mobile Battle Flag on a 20 ft. pole which you see in the background.  This was a great beginning to Confederate History and Heritage month for the camp.

Earlier in the week Dragoons James and Larry Spears and Bill Gill marked Confederate veteran graves with flags at Mount Zion Cemetery just above Deatsville, Ross Cemetery on Ross Rd. in Deatsville and Robinson Springs Cemetery on Hwy 14 in Millbrook AL. It was a very enjoyable experience for these active members of SCV Camp 1524. 

On Saturday April 1st , Tyrone Crowley and wife Carol stopped and placed flags on the graves of three known Confederates at Kingston Cemetery in Prattville, two of whom were Prattville Dragoons. Two flags placed there from last year were still in place, though badly weathered.  On the third grave, the stick was still in place, but the flag had fallen off.  It’s always good to find the flags honoring these heroic Confederate veterans still in place a year later; speaks well of the local Prattville community in honoring and respecting their rich history.

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