Memorial Day Ceremonies
Held Monday Evening, May 26, 2008

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Missionary Ridge Camp #63 began the Memorial Day evening by stopping at the James Watkins Cemetery in the Old Mill Trace Subdivision near Ringgold, Georgia. The cemetery is in the middle of the subdivision.

James Watkins did what he thought was "right" at the start of the War by leaving home, family and friends, and walking to Nashville to join a Union unit. He eventually found himself in the 4th Tennessee Infantry (not sure if this is a battery, battalion or regiment). He survived the War and returned to his North Georgia home to resume his farming profession.
The Camp follows the SUVCW guidelines for conducting Memorial Day services. At left, the Camp renders a salute to James Watkins in humble respect for his sacrifice and courage. The service consisted of an opening prayer, a history of James Watkins, a reading of the origins of Memorial or "Decoration" Day, the salute and benediction.

Below, several of the Camp's members take a moment to eat and have a short, informal meeting before proceeding to the next Memorial Day remembrance: the Torchlight Tour at Chattanooga National Cemetery.