Confederate Memorial Day event April 29  

By Jessica Johnson

This Saturday, veterans, family, and friends are welcome to join together in remembrance of the men who served in the Civil War. The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) 2114 Russell County Chapter will host a Confederate Memorial Day remembrance at Lakeview Memory Gardens, U.S. Highway 280/431 North, starting at 10 a.m. ET -- rain or shine. Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Heroes Day in some states, is a public holiday observed by such states as Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. The holiday is observed in remembrance of the Confederate States’ soldiers who served in the Army, Navy, Marines and militia. 

Mary Pitts, who is the vice president of the UDC, said she has been involved with the event for 15 years. The event will center around the grave of the Unknown Soldier near the duck pond at the cemetery. 

“We do this to honor this man’s service and honor all the people,” Pitts said. “They gave their all and some gave it all, which is their life. He died for his country.”

The Unknown Soldier was found on the steps of Girard Baptist Church in 1865. He was a Confederate soldier who died after the Easter Sunday battle. 

“Someone laid him neatly on the steps. We believe he was a cavalryman. I think the first time, he was buried by the riverside, then moved to Girard Cemetery,” Pitts said. The soldier is now at Lakeview Memory Gardens. 

All soldiers and veterans will be honored April 29, with the special tributes, such as the Wildwood Blue Grass Band playing music from the War Between the States era, a special reading of the poem “Jackets of Gray” and others. In addition, ancestors from the War Between the States will be honored, Laverne Rush will be honored and a wreath will be placed on the grave site of the soldier.