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RONALD BARBER: Lee-Jackson birthday celebration and enjoyable event

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Celebration of birthdays of Confederate generals a reminder of Southern heritage

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

While visiting my father in Bainbridge, I noticed an article in the Jan. 19 edition of The Albany Herald advertising the Lee Jackson Banquet. My neighbors joined my wife and I as we traveled to the event from Graceville, Fla. The venue at the Albany American Legion Post 30 Hall was easily located. The hall was clean and decorated well. Our party felt welcomed and treated very warmly.

The ladies were true Southern belles and they were surrounded by true Southern gentlemen. The entertainment was quite enjoyable. The group, A Joyful Noise, performed Civil War-era and Southern gospel music that caught me in a sing along. The musical arrangements made me proud to be a “True Southerner.” I commend the instrumentalist and the singers for such a fine performance. I also tip my hat to Southern Elegance for such a delicious meal catered at the banquet.

The speaker, Pastor John Weaver, delivered a truly dynamic message of our honorees, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathon “Stonewall” Jackson, true examples of the utmost character, leadership and Christian care for their fellow man on and off the battlefield.

It’s good for me to be reminded, if not but once a year as we honor Lee and Jackson’s birthdays, that I’m very proud of my Southern heritage and how important it is to relay that to my two young sons.

Thanks, Sons of Confederate Veterans 9th Brigade, for such an enjoyable evening.

RONALD BARBER

Graceville, Fla.