Confederate Memorial Day to be Celebrated

Tue, 04/21/2009 - 3:46pm
By: Carolyn Cary

This weekend several celebrations of Confederate Memorial Day will take place.

On Saturday, April 25, the Frankie Lyle Chapter #2074 United Daughters of the Confederacy, whose members are from Fayette, Clayton and Coweta counties, will hold a brief ceremony at the Patrick Cleburne Cemetery in Jonesboro at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, April 26, they will have a service at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro, beginning at 2 p.m.

Sunday evening, April 26, the Lafayette McLaws Chapter, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold its annual service at the Gazebo in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. There will be uniformed Confederate re-enactors, bagpipes, a presentation of Southern State flags and an address by local resident and SCV officer, Mitch Crabbe.

From the ceremony at the Gazebo, everyone will proceed to the Fayetteville City Cemetery with the laying of a Memorial wreath, and a rifle salute by the re-enactor detachment.

Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, is Georgia’s oldest State holiday having been created by the Georgia legislature in 1874.

The McLaws Camp will be placing more than 280 flags on the graves of Confederate veterans buried in Fayette County. It is believed that there are at least 900 Confederate veterans buried here.

For information on the UDC chapter, call Linda Ramey, 770-310-9393 or the SCV, Scott Gilbert, 404-449-2521

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