City of East Ridge Civil War HIstory Day – June 18, 2011

Missionary Ridge Camp #63, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, was pleased to participate in the City of East Ridge’s Civil War History Day. The City hosted this event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Many vendors were there including the Daughters of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

We were a little worried at first. The event was re-located from indoors to outdoors and the Camp did not come prepared for an outdoor event. However, East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert saved the day by providing a tent that covered our tables. We were able to display soldiers’ items including weapons and camp gear. The Camp’s flags came in handy too. Since we were located next to the stage and speaker’s podium, our National Flag served as the focal point when the Pledge of Allegiance was given. Apparently no one noticed that our flag had only 34 stars!

As Mayor Lambert speaks to the crowd, a unit of Confederate infantry stands at the ready to render a salute.
To the right of the Mayor, or tent is surrounded by the National and Camp Flags.
2011 East Ridge History Day

2011 East Ridge History Day Past Camp Commander Mark Kemp and Camp Recruiter Bob Dobbs assist a visitor who is participating in the Camp’s raffle.

2011 East Ridge History Day Camp Commander James Fletcher shows and tells about the Civil War bayonet he is holding. Such instruments of war got the attention of young and old alike! This event helped to inform visitors not only of the Camp’s purpose, but what the Civil War soldier endured on a day-to-day basis.

2011 East Ridge History Day Tents for other vendors can be seen in the background. At left, Bob Dobbs and Mark Steele make sure the table displays are in order. The Camp was pleased with the turnout and grateful to the City of East Ridge for the opportunity to educate the public to the experiences that our veterans faced. If you missed the event and would like more information on the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, please click on the links found on our home page.

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