December 12, 2018

Local Veterans Honored on Confederate Memorial Day

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(Franklin) — Heard County Chapter 2587 celebrated Confederate Memorial Day on April 23, 2016 with two special programs.

We met at the library and were pleased to have Commission Chairman Lee Boone, Mayor Joel Rogers, family members, and friends of both recipients join us to honor veterans Raymond Brown and Larry Denney by presenting each the Cross of Military Service for their service during the Vietnam War.

After the bestowal ceremony, the chapter held a Confederate Memorial Day program in Veterans’ Park in downtown Franklin.

The Crosses of Military Service awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy are four in number and are the outgrowth of the Cross of Honor.

They are: first the World War II Cross; second, the Korean War Cross; third, the Vietnam Conflict Cross; and fourth, the Global War on Terror Cross.

The Cross is a Crusader Cross in bold relief, bound by the Battle Flag of the Confederacy and linked by the entwined monogram, UDC, to the ribbon. It is attached to a laurel leaf as a mark of valor. The color of the ribbon and wording signify the War or Conflict in which the recipient served.

The Cross of Military Service is presented to men and women who served in active combat during one of the four wars and is the highest military award given by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.®

These decorations have been established as a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of worthy Confederate Soldiers and Sailors and their descendants.

Mr. Brown served his country proudly during the Vietnam Conflict just as his Great-Grandfather, Lucius H. Fomby, served his country proudly in Company G, 7th Regiment Georgia Infantry.

Mr. Denney served his country proudly during the Vietnam Conflict just as his Great-Great-Grandfather, William Andrew Faver, served his country proudly in Company F, 21st Regiment Georgia Infantry.

President Mary Lane welcomed all the members and guests to the Bestowal Ceremony. Chaplain Sharon Frost gave the opening prayer. The ceremony was conducted by President Lane and Recorder of Military Crosses Carla Brown.

After the ceremony, everyone was invited to join the UDC at Veterans Park for the Confederate Memorial Day placing of the wreath at the Confederate Memorial marker.

At 2 pm, members of Heard County 2587 UDC, Heard Rangers Camp 1996, McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165, and members of the community gathered at Veterans’ Park to honor those who fought in the War Between the States.

Members of the SCV camps had placed flags in the park and were dressed in appropriate 1860’s apparel.

Mary Lane welcomed everyone and Sharon Frost gave the prayer. The McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165 Honor Guard made a handsome picture standing at attention while everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag held by Jack McCrary, which he then planted beside the monument.  Then all saluted the Confederate flag, held by Anna McCrary, which she then planted beside the monument.

UDC member Elaine Jarrett gave a history of Confederate Memorial Day, sharing 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.”

The poem A Mother’s Tears, written by a Georgia daughter, was read by Carla Brown. Elaine Jarrett then placed the memorial wreath by the monument in honor of our ancestors. The McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165 gave a military salute, shooting 3 times. This was followed by a moving rendition of “Taps” by Don Wright.

Mary Lane then presented a thank you to Tom Wise, Commander of the Heard Rangers Camp 1996 and to Ted Thomas, Commander of the McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165 for their assistance with the program. She thanked all for coming and gave the benediction.

The members of Heard County Chapter 2587 were pleased to be able to honor Raymond Brown and Larry Denney on this special Memorial Day.

We wish to thank the members of the McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165 SCV and the Heard Rangers Camp 1996 SCV who joined us to make this a special memorial day.  

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