December 3, 2020

Joel Rogers honored at Confederate Memorial Day Program

Pictured above (L-R): Chapter 2587 President Mary Lane, Joel Rogers, and Assistant Recorder of Military Crosses Carla Brown

Pictured above (L-R): Chapter 2587 President Mary Lane, Joel Rogers, and Assistant Recorder of Military Crosses Carla Brown

(Franklin) — Heard County Chapter 2587 celebrated Confederate Memorial Day on April 26, 2015 with a special meeting.

Joined by members of the Heard County Rangers and other guests, they held a Memorial Day program followed by the presentation of National Defense medal #2471 to Joel Rodgers for his service during the Vietnam War.

The National Defense Medal is given by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to men and women who are descended from a Confederate soldier or sailor and have served with a minimum of 90 days active duty service during the Korean War, Vietnam Conflict, Global War on Terror or Persian Gulf (Desert Shield/Desert Storm).

Joel served his country proudly during the Vietnam Conflict just as his great-great-grandfather, Daniel Lafayette Rogers, served his country proudly in Company L, 7th Regiment Cavalry (Claiborne’s Regiment Partisan Rangers).

President Mary Lane welcomed all the members and guests and led everyone through the pledges to the United States Flag, the Georgia Flag, and the Confederate Flag. Selmah Bowen gave the opening prayer.

President Lane then shared our reason for celebrating Confederate Memorial Day:

“In 1874, the Georgia General Assembly approved legislation adding as a new public holiday — the 26th day of April in each year – commonly known as Memorial Day. April 26 marks the anniversary of the end of the War Between the States for Georgia, for it was on this day in 1865 that Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender to General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina became official. Johnston had been in charge of Georgia’s defense, so this day marked the end of the war for Georgia.”

“On this day we remember our ancestors who fought and returned and those who fought and gave their lives for the Confederacy. Every member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has traced and proven their lineage to a brave Confederate soldier or sailor.”

Member Carla Brown the read the Roll Call of all the ancestors of the Daughters of Heard County Chapter 2587. Guests added their ancestors: Jeremiah P. Primm, Peter Primm, Benjamin Franklin Caswell, and Daniel LaFayette Rogers. The poem I am a Daughter of the Confederacy was read as members remembered their ancestors.

The Bestowal of the National Defense Medal was conducted by President Lane with Carla Brown serving as the Recorder of Military Crosses for the ceremony.

The National Defense Medal awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy was approved at the 1991 Annual General Convention in Irving, Texas. It is of bronze and features a seated “Liberty” flanked by the Flag of the United States of America and the First National Flag of the Confederacy and frames by laurel leaves.

The medal is suspended from the official red and white ribbon by the entwined initials UDC. It is a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of worthy Confederate Soldiers and Sailors and their lineal descendants who served in the Korean War or Vietnam Conflict but not on land or in airspace or waters contiguous thereto, or during the Persian Gulf War (Desert Shield/Desert Storm).

They have served where they were ordered, and this medal allows the UDC daughters to acknowledge their loyalty and patriotic devotion to our country.

Mr. Rogers was presented with the National Defense medal certificate and President Lane pinned the medal on his left shoulder. He also received a tie tack miniature of the medal for everyday wear.

Following the ceremony, refreshments catered by Marifaythe Whitley were served while members and guests enjoyed a brief time of fellowship and sharing.

Then everyone moved to the Veteran’s Park in Franklin where a short memorial was given, a moving poem read, and a wreath and flag were placed at the Confederate monument in memory of all who fought when called.

The members of Heard County Chapter 2587 were pleased to be able to honor Joel Rogers on this special Memorial Day.



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