The family-friendly event was held at the cemetery off Powder Springs Road in Marietta. It is where more than 3,000 soldiers from every Confederate state are buried.
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon was the guest speaker and among a handful of others, including his mother Dorothy “Dot” Moseley Bacon, who were honored during the ceremony.
“I want to thank you for the rich history,” he told chapter members and guests. “If not for y’all, it would be lost.”
Bacon served in the Georgia National Guard from 1966 to 1970 and was recognized by the organization Sunday because he is an ancestor of Civil War soldier Pvt. William Jackson Stover of South Carolina.
His mother was one of four people who received a cross for their military service.
Dorothy Bacon, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and William D. “Bill” Dean, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, both earned their crosses for service during World War II.
David Carey Brannan received a cross for his service as a damage controlman in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and he accepted another on behalf of his father David A. Brannan, who served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Retired Capt. Ann Marie Huggins McCurdy with the U.S. Army during the Gulf War was the recipient for the group’s Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal.
Harold Anthony Dye, a brigadier general in the Georgia National Guard during the Korean War, was recognized for the Certificate of Appreciation to Serviceman.
Confederate Memorial Day has been a legal holiday in Georgia since 1874, and the members of the Ladies Memorial Association, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans have kept the tradition alive.
In 2009, Georgia permanently designated April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.