Traditions on display at square

The Brunswick News

Saturday will mark a special occasion for Scott Newbern of Brunswick.

As commander of the Thomas Marsh Forman No. 485 Unit of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, it will be an opportunity to connect with his heritage.

In honor of Confederate Memorial Day, officially recognized in Georgia today – April 26 – Newbern and fellow unit members, as well as the Lanier of Glynn Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will host a special event starting at 10:40 a.m. Saturday.

A parade of Confederate re-enactors, dressed in traditional soldier uniforms, will parade from G Street to Hanover Square, home to a memorial erected decades ago to confederate soldiers who died in the American Civil War.

At 11 a.m., Newbern will honor those who perished in the war from the area.

"Every year, I have the privilege of reading the names of those who died from Camden, Glynn and McIntosh, and it’s just a personal way of staying in touch with history and heritage," he said.

During the service at Hanover Square, at the foot of the downtown portion of Newcastle Street just south of Old City Hall, the United Daughters of the Confederacy will sing while holding up wreaths.

A flower will be added to the wreaths each time the name of an ancestor of those attending the event is read.

The wreaths will the be placed at the monument.

Those in uniform will stand at attention and flags of the confederacy will be displayed throughout the ceremony.

"These flags and symbols are the same our ancestors fought under. We feel that it doesn’t matter if it was 150 years ago or last week, we remember what our family members did. Even if they weren’t related to us, it’s what Georgians did years ago," Newbern said.

Newbern, who hopes the community will join the ceremony, will honor his two great-grandfathers, both of Coffee County and both having served in the Confederate army.

"It was Glynn County that went off to the war. A lot didn’t come back. When we read the names, most are familiar and descendents are still here. It was a community effort then…should be a community effort now," he said.

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