Sons of Confederate Veterans   
April 4, 2014    

TIME:  Saturday, Music begins at 9am; Service at 10am
LOCATION:  Albany, Ga
DIRECTIONS:  Hwy.91 Philema Road 1/2 mile past Chehaw Park on the Dougherty-Lee county line (if using GPS, search for Chehaw Park; Confederate Memorial Park is 1/2 mile from there).

Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia has been permanently designated by the Georgia Legislature to be observed each April. An Annual Southwest Georgia Confederate Memorial Service has been hosted by the Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 141 Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson in conjunction with the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) each April since 1988. In 1999 and 2000 a Confederate Memorial Park was constructed on Hwy.91 Philema Road 1/2 mile past Chehaw Park on the Dougherty-Lee county line and memorial services have been held that this location each year thereafter.

This year the event will be held on Saturday April 5. The event will begin at 9AM and the Lee County based Band "A Joyful Noise" will play and sing Confederate and Southern Gospel music for an hour until 10AM. Following the musical performance a formal memorial service will begin with pledges and salutes to the flags followed by the singing of the Southern National Anthem " DIXIE ". Then a proclamation explaining the significance of Confederate History and Heritage Month will be read followed by the Charge given to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and People of the South by former Confederate General S.D. Lee in 1906 at the SCV National Reunion.

The primary speaker will be Ray McBerry who was twice a Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia running on a States’ Rights’ platform. The event will be concluded by the laying of flowers in memory of the soldiers of each Confederate state in the order that secession occurred and a wreath placed by the UDC in memory of all Confederate Veterans. The event will be concluded with volleys fired by Reenactors in Confederate uniform and the playing of Taps.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring children, teenagers, and young adults. Attending SCV and UDC events is an excellent way to teach young people the truth and facts about their Southern-Confederate heritage, history, and culture especially since it is not being taught to any extent in schools and that which is taught is a highly biased Northern perspective written by Northern historians.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization is organized on a national level and divided into divisions by state with the local units being called camps. Currently there are over 30,000 members primarily in the Southern states with Georgia being the largest division. However some camps are located in Western and Northern states and in Europe . All descendants of Confederate Veterans are elgible and encouraged to join SCV or UDC. We offer free family tree research and documentation of Confederate ancestors.

The SCV has three primary goals: 1. To preserve the memory of Confederate Veterans 2. To preserve Confederate graves, monuments, memorials, flags, and mementos 3. To see that Southern-Confederate history is presented in a fair and impartial manner.

You are encouraged to join us Saturday morning on April 5 at 9AM. For more information contact Albany SCV Camp Commander James W. King at 229-854-1944 or