Sons of Confederate Veterans   
January 13, 2015     
 
PRESS RELEASE  
 
ROBERT E LEE TO BE HONOURED AT STATE CAPITOL ON SATURDAY           

(ATLANTA – January 13, 2015) 

In commemoration of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s birthday, Georgia’s annual "Robert E. Lee Celebration" this year is scheduled for this Saturday, January 17, only two days before the actual day of Lee’s birth, January 19.   The special ceremony will take place in Milledgeville at the Old Capitol Building which served as the state’s capitol during the War for Southern Independence.

Robert E. Lee has been honoured for the last 150 years all across America as both a Christian gentleman and perhaps America’s greatest military leader of all time.  Like most Southern states, Georgia still officially observes the birthday of Robert E. Lee as a state holiday, and similar celebrations to the one in Georgia are scheduled in every Southern state this weekend.  Georgia’s celebration this year will take place in Milledgeville, the historic location of Georgia’s wartime capital.  As the organization founded by actual Confederate veterans and their real sons in 1896, the Sons of Confederate Veterans will again be officiating and organizing Georgia’s event.

As in years past, the day’s events will begin with a parade in Lee’s honour at 10:45 in front of the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville; those marching in the parade are asked to be on the ground and ready at 10:30.  The parade will end a short distance away at the Old Capitol Building.  Both individuals and organizations from the public are invited to participate in the parade.   Anyone who is not a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is asked to contact Dan Coleman before Saturday at dancofin@yahoo.com    

Next, beginning promptly at 11:00 and following the parade, an official birthday ceremony and educational program will take place inside the legislative chamber of the Old Capitol Building.  Attorney Martin O’Toole will be the main speaker; and his topic will concentrate on Lee’s leadership at the Battle of Sharpsburg, one of the Army of Northern Virginia’s two attempts to invade Northern territory during the War.  Again, the public is invited to this portion of the day’s events. 

Following the program inside the Capitol building, those present will be invited directly outside at noon where reenactors will present the colours of the South and fire both a musket volley and cannon volley in honour of the South’s greatest general.  
   
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or any of this year’s planned events to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the War, contact the Georgia SCV at 404-456-3393 or online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org