Confederate monument to be rededicated

Sonny Long
May 30, 2012

The centennial rededication of "The Last Stand," the Victoria confederate monument will be Friday at DeLeon Plaza.

The event is sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy William P. Rogers Chapter 44, of Victoria.

Originally dedicated on June 3, 1912, the monument was designed by sculptor Pompeo Coppini. The bronze statue is about 10 feet tall and sits on a red granite base.

The Crossroads Community Band will kickoff the event with music beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Special guests will include Jamie Crump Davis, of Houston, president of the Texas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy and Granvel Block, commander, Texas Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Tami Hurley, William P. Rogers 44 vice president, will present a history of "The Last Stand."

Linda Wolff will recognize the descendants of Confederate veterans.

Victoria City Councilman Paul Polasek is also expected to read a proclamation regarding the rededication of the monument.

The monument rededication presentation will be made by Susan J. Purcell, of the Genevieve Stevenson Chapter 604 Children of the Confederacy, followed by a wreath laying by Belva Zirjacks, treasurer/registrar, William P. Rogers 44.

Ann K. Heinrich, president, William P. Rogers 44, will serve as mistress of ceremony.

The George Overton Stoner Camp 1000, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, will also take part in the ceremonies.

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