April is Confederate History Month and on Sunday April 11 the Appomattox United Daughters of the Confederacy held their annual memorial service at the Confederate Cemetery.
The special guest speaker was Dr. H. Rondel Rumburg of Spout Spring.
Appomattox Courthouse Rangers SCV, Napoleon Bonaparte Ponton Camp, Charlotte County Grays Camp and High Bridge SCV Camp presented the Color Guard and Musket Salute.
Wreaths were presented by Appomattox UDC, Appomattox Juniors CofC, Virginia Division CofC, Mary Oney Fizer UDC, Jubal Early UDC, Fredericksburg UDC, HA Carrington UDC and Farmville Chapter UDC, Virginia Society of the Confederate Rose, Charlotte County Grays SCV, Historic Staunton River Foundation, Julia Jackson Chapter UDC and the Napoleon Bonaparte SCV.
Ms. Karen Sale, President of the Appomattox Section welcomed everyone to the program. Greetings were brought by the 2nd General Vice-President of CofC and member of Appomattox Juniors, Miss Laural Williams.
Miss Autumn Shook, member of Appomattox Juniors, sang songs. Ms. Susan Reynolds of the Appomattox UDC read a poem. Ms. Stella Osborne introduced the speaker and the participants who presented wreaths.
The invocation and blessing were given by Mr. Joe Ferris of the Appomattox Ranger Camp. Mr. Keith Hamilton, also from Appomattox Rangers Camp, played taps. The CofC Appomattox Juniors led the promises.
Each Confederate’s grave was presented with a flag, along with the American flag to the only Union soldier who rests here. Flowers were also placed on each grave to remind all of their sacrifices and services rendered during these four long years of war.
The Appomattox UDC has issued the following statement:
“The Appomattox UDC would like to thank all the UDC groups and SCV camps who came and participated in our program. It was our honor to present this special service, which has been taking place at this location for over 100 years.
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