April is Confederate History and Heritage month in Georgia. The Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) camp and the Albany chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) will host the annual Southwest Georgia Confederate Memorial Service at the Confederate Memorial Park on Highway 91/Philema Road April 5. The park is 1/2 mile past Chehaw on the Lee-Dougherty county line.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and the band “A Joyful Noise” will play and sing Confederate and Southern Gospel music for an hour until 10 a.m. The formal memorial service will be held 10 a.m.-noon with pledges and salutes to the flags followed by the singing of “Dixie.”
The primary speaker will be Ray McBerry, of McDonough, who was twice a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia based on a States’ Rights platform.
The event will also include the reading of a proclamation stating the importance of Confederate history and heritage followed by the charges to SCV, UDC, and the people of the South given in 1906 by former Confederate Gen. Stephen D. Lee. The UDC will lay flowers in remembrance of the soldiers from all the states that joined and supported the Confederate States of America in it’s four-year quest to achieve independence from the USA. The event will conclude with volleys being fired by local uniformed Confederate re-enactors and the playing of Taps.
The SCV has three primary goals: 1, to preserve the memory of Confederate Veterans; 2, to preserve Confederate graves, monuments, memorials, flags and mementos, 3, to see that Southern-Confederate history is presented in a fair and impartial manner. Descendants of Confederate Veterans are encouraged to join SCV or UDC. Free family tree research and documentation of Confederate ancestors is available.
You are encouraged to join us to honor and pay tribute to your Confederate ancestors.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Albany SCV Camp Adjutant-Treasurer Bob Logan can be contacted at (229) 439-9427 or email@example.com.