Mayor praises groups' Confederate Memorial effort
by Lindsay Field
April 21, 2013 11:50 PM | 3617 views | 3 3 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cannonade at the closing of the ceremony in Marietta was presented by members of the Haralson County ‘Invincibles Artillery,’ from left, Stefanie Sapp, David Sapp Jr. and David Sapp Sr.<br>Staff/Lindsay Field
The Cannonade at the closing of the ceremony in Marietta was presented by members of the Haralson County ‘Invincibles Artillery,’ from left, Stefanie Sapp, David Sapp Jr. and David Sapp Sr.
Staff/Lindsay Field
Members of the United Daughters of Confederacy Kennesaw Chapter were joined by a little over 50 others Sunday to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day.

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.
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Southern Patriot
April 24, 2013
Confederate Memorial Day is on April 26 and often celebrated on the Sunday preceding that date.
well neat!
April 22, 2013
If yesterday was Confederate Memorial Day, and this weekend will be Taste of Marietta, did our City Leaders finally realize the Rebel Flag Parade was not the Taste of Marietta we wanted to give? Let's hope!
David McCallister
April 24, 2013
All veterans who served honorably in the armed services of the CSA are, by Act of the US Congress and the mandate of the Pentagon and the Veterans Administration, to be given the same honors as all US Veterans of all wars. Anyone who disrespects Confederate Veterans, disrespects all US veterans, too. Patriotism, not partisanship, is what is honored on Confederate Memorial Day. The UDC service medal program has a long and honorable history. The motto is: "The Brave Beget The Brave".
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