8th Annual Confederate Memorial Day
at the Georgia Monument
Chickamauga Battlefield

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Confederate Memorial Day
or "Decoration Day"

Georgia - April 26
Tennessee - June 3

On Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 2:00 PM, and for the eighth year in a row, several Confederate Veterans groups joined forces to hold Confederate memorial services at the Georgia Monument in Chickamauga Battlefield. This event takes place in April because the War Between the States began and ended in April and because Georgia has designated April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. Approximately fifty people attended this year's event.

The colors were assembled near the monument at the start of festivities. Seen here are colors from Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Missionary Ridge Camp 63, Sons of Confederate Veterans State of Dade Camp 707, Mechanized Cavalry 2d Co. D, 1st Confederate Re-enactors, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps from LaFayette and Ringgold.
The Invocation was given by James Fletcher. Chaplain Fletcher honors his five Confederate ancestors and one Union ancestor who served during the War by being a member of both the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). Dressed here in Confederate uniform, he represents the SCV State of Dade Camp 707 while he currently serves as Camp Commander for SUVCW Missionary Ridge Camp 63. Two of his Union compatriots are in the background holding the National and Camp flags.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Army of Tennessee Commander Kelly Barrow spoke in memory of all Confederate soldiers. He encouraged everyone in the audience with a Confederate ancestor to honor the memory and the cause by joining a SCV group and by keeping Confederate history alive with honor. He expressed concern that the "political correctness" movement is trying to remove Confederate symbols from everyday life and from the history books of the United States. Most all in the audience must have agreed with his remarks considering the nice ovation he received.
Commander Barrow's wife, Cassie, also addressed the audience. She spoke on the history of "Decoration Day" and the very important part the United Daughters of the Confederacy played in establishing Confederate Cemeteries and honoring the Confederate Veterans.
An honor guard from the Confederate 1st Brigade re-enactors presents arms. Tony Burns stands ready to play "Taps."
Freddie Parris, Jr. spoke the closing remarks at the day's events. The group in the foreground is the "1859 Band" from Ringgold which provided music prior to the ceremony.

This gathering, like many honoring Confederate heritage, did not end until the singing of the South's de facto National Anthem - "Dixie."

A three-volley salute was fired in memory of the Confederates who fought and died on this very ground during the War Between the States.