Confederate Memorial Day events set Sunday at Marietta cemetery
by Nikki Wiley
April 25, 2014 02:17 AM | 2422 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are more than 3,000 soldiers from every Confederate state buried in the Confederate Memorial Cemetery off Powder Springs Road in Marietta. The Kennesaw Chapter 241 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will host a commemoration ceremony there in honor of Confederate Memorial Day at 3 p.m. Sunday.<bR>Staff/file
There are more than 3,000 soldiers from every Confederate state buried in the Confederate Memorial Cemetery off Powder Springs Road in Marietta. The Kennesaw Chapter 241 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will host a commemoration ceremony there in honor of Confederate Memorial Day at 3 p.m. Sunday.
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MARIETTA — Re-enactors will gather at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery this Sunday to commemorate Confederate Memorial Day.

Sponsored by the Kennesaw Chapter 241 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at the cemetery, 395 Powder Springs St.

A wreath-laying and reading of the names of Civil War soldiers killed are planned. Local historian Brad Quinlan will be the ceremony’s guest speaker.

He said the stories of some soldiers who wore “gray and butternut” will be told, and many of those men are buried in Marietta.

“It’s 150 years since these men had to fight, and many of the men who are buried in the Confederate cemetery died in the 1864 timeframe,” Quinlan said.

Carole Jordan, of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, says it’s important for Cobb to honor its heritage.

“You’re just deep in heritage around here,” Jordan said.

She pointed to Cobb’s state and national cemeteries where Confederate soldiers are buried — like the Marietta Confederate Cemetery hosting Sunday’s ceremony, which is home to the bodies of more than 3,000 soldiers from every Confederate state.

Events are planned throughout the spring and summer commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

“It was so significant to us, especially here in Marietta,” Jordan said. “They burned our town down.”

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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Marge678
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April 29, 2014
I am CONVINCED this is why the dead at the battlefield do not come back and haunt. Because of those that honor them.... They gave up their lives for what they believed back then. We can't shun them for it.
Calvin Johnson
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April 27, 2014
The good ladies of the Kennesaw Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy have kept the memory of the Confederate soldier eternal for over one hundred years. God bless these ladies and God bless the South!
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