Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Submitted by James Baggett
Fort Blakeley Camp 1864 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans met recently at Street’s restaurant in Bay Minette.
A general welcome was extended by Cmdr. Thomas B. Rhodes III. After the pledge to the American flag, salutes were rendered to the Alabama flag and Confederate flag.
During the meeting, Camp 1864 inducted William Tyler Dove as one of the first SCV Cadets in the nation. The SCV Cadet program is designed for youngsters under 12, not yet eligible for full membership.
Camp officials say the program is designed to allow young men of Confederate ancestry to participate in SCV functions and began learning the impartial truth of their ancestry.
A program was presented by Compatriot the Rev. Hugh Hall of Pensacola Semmes Camp. His topic was "Christmas in Antebellum Virginia."
It was announced during the business session that Camp 1864 will hold a Lee-Jackson Memorial Service during itsregular meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Streets Restaurant. Camp officials say this service will be especially meaningful because this year is the 200th birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee. All SCV members, family and friends are invited.
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