November 27, 2020

Local Veterans Honored on Confederate Memorial Day

President Frost with Veteran Barry Reed and his family

President Frost with Veteran Barry Reed and his family

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Chapter 2587 celebrated Confederate Memorial Day on April 22, 2017 with a special program at Veterans’ Park in downtown Franklin.

Military service awards were presented to three local veterans and the McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165 Honor Guard provided a wonderful military salute to our past and present veterans.

Brandon Durell Langley was presented the Global War on Terror Cross of Military Service and Barry Grant Reed was presented the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal.

Lonza Webster Denney was awarded the World War II Cross of Military Service posthumously with his daughter Pam Denney Rogers and granddaughter Pam Langley Wright accepting it on behalf of his family.

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.®

The Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal was approved in the 1995 Annual General Convention hosted by the District of Columbia to recognize men and women who served on active duty in the Armed Forces and who meet U.S. Presidential Requirements in Executive Order 10977, dated December 4, 1961.

The bronze Medal features the Western Hemisphere supported by the Flag of the United States of America and the First National Flag of the Confederacy framed by laurel leaves.

The Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal is a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of certain Confederate Soldiers and Sailors and their lineal descendants who served in the United States Armed Forces and participated in certain “Operations.”  The Medal is authorized for service after July 1, 1958, in United States Military Operations, United States Military Operations in Direct Support of the United Nations and United States Operations of Assistance for Friendly Foreign Nations.

President Frost with veteran Brandon Langley and his family and the family of his grandfather veteran Lonza Denney

President Frost with veteran Brandon Langley and his family and the family of his grandfather veteran Lonza Denney

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

Mr. Langley served his country proudly during the Global War on Terror just as his Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, William Andrew Faver, served his country proudly in Company G, 7th Regiment Georgia Infantry. Mr. Denney served his country proudly during World War II just as his Great-Grandfather, James A. Denney, served his country proudly in Company D, 35th Regiment Georgia Infantry.

Mr. Reed served his country proudly during the Operation Southern Watch Asia just as his Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, William Andrew Faver, served his country proudly in Company G, 7th Regiment Georgia Infantry.

At 10 am, members of Heard County 2587 UDC, members of Heard Rangers Camp 1996, members of McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165, and members of the community gathered at Veterans’ Park to honor those who fought in the War Between the States and their descendants.

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

President Sharon Frost welcomed all the members and guests to the Memorial Day Ceremony. Chaplain Mary Lane gave the opening prayer.

President Frost asked all veterans to stand and be honored.  UDC member Tee Davis led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and member Joyce McLain led the salute to the Confederate States Flag. The awards ceremony was conducted by President Frost and Recorder of Military Crosses Carla Brown.

After the ceremony, member Carla Brown shared information on why it was the “War Between the States.” UDC member Elaine Jarrett placed a wreath at the Confederate Memorial marker.

Charlie Frost read the poem “A Bed of Grass” written by Charles DuBose and shared by his wife Martha. The McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165 Honor Guard made a handsome picture standing at attention during the program.

The program ended with a military salute by the McDaniel-Curtis Camp 165 military salute, followed by a moving rendition of “Taps” by Don Wright.

The members of Heard County Chapter 2587 were pleased to be able to honor Brandon Langley, Lonza Denney, and Barry Reed 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, Mayor Joel Rogers for providing chairs, Martha DuBose for sharing her husband’s moving poem, Commission Chairman Lee Boone for replacing the burned flags so quickly, and all who joined us to make this a special memorial day.

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.

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