The Tomato Festival
On Saturday morning June 27, 2008 in the beautiful city of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, at the invitation of Commander Mike Web of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I would attend the Sesquicentennial events at the annual Tomato Festival. It is always so gratifying to see the people who attend these kind of events interact with those of us who have donned the garbs of the Southern soldier and the women decked out in the period dress with so much kindness. One would find it hard to believe the stories that are always told by the usually biased media or revisionist writers about the Southern Cross had they witnessed the interaction between the participant citizens as we posed for pictures , hugged many a baby, their mothers and fathers, both Red, Yellow , Black and White on this day.
The day’s events were even more so gratifying for me because the Episcopalian Church of Crystal Springs, Mississippi had allowed the Sons to pitch their tent on its grounds, and to boot at no charge. This may not at first seem significant. However, far too many of the Churches of the Honorable General Robert E. Lee’s faith have ensconced themselves in an atmosphere of shame and political correctness as they have banned the display of the Christian Cross of Saint Andrew from their grounds over the final resting places of our Southern soldiers and at memorial services honoring them. Not on this day in Crystal Springs ; God bless the Episcopalians!
Later that evening as a part of the day’s events we would gather at a local cemetery for a marker dedication and tour. In two emails forwarded forward to me by Commander Web of the Sons, pretty much sums it all up:
I can’t say “thank you“ enough to each of you. You made all these events a success and without you we would not have been able to pull it off. Mike and his group did an outstanding job and in my opinion were the icing on the cake. It was truly a great ending to a wonderful day.
2. Let me also add my sincerest appreciation to a job well done! Yesterday was one of the best days of my life and it happened because of great folks like all of you. I think county folks will take us more seriously because of what was accomplished this weekend. We had good attendance for the first cemetery tour which followed a rainy afternoon, and many urged us to make it an annual event. I hope all of the cemetery participants were as relaxed and had as much fun as I did. And I hope all of you were as impressed as I at the dramatic presentation at the Confederate Memorial. What a fellowship we shared there! Absolutely fantastic everyone! Great things are expected of us now that folks have seen what we are capable of doing.