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The UDC and America’s First Memorial Day


MAY 23, 2019 — 

What many consider the first Memorial Day occurred April 25, 1866 in Columbus, Mississippi. The town’s Ladies Memorial Association, decorated the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers in Friendship Cemetery.  In a nation trying to find a way to move on after a war that split the country, states, communities and even families, this gesture by these nobel women was welcomed as a way to lay the past to rest while honoring those who had fought on either side. Less than 30 years later this ladies group became the 34th chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The UDC will forever honor all of our country’s heroes with undying devotion and that our Confederate Dead have earned their rightful place to be included as America’s Veterans.

We should embrace our heritage as Americans. North and South, Black and White, Rich and Poor, our American heritage is the one thing we have in common and it is what defines us.  The monuments we have built to chronicle this heritage must be preserved so that those that come after us will see where we have been and where we must, as a unified people, go.  Protecting all monuments to American Veterans will defend our heritage.  Our monuments are reminders of our path forward.

(Courtesy of Caddo Confederate, Shreveport, LA, United States)


Desecrating the Dead

Not only are the politically correct going after monuments, but now they are attacking cemeteries. What’s next? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.



At their meeting on Tuesday night, Madison City Council continued with their discussion of the plan to remove the marker for Confederate graves in the Forest Hill cemetery.

The decision was made at a meeting on April 10, and was then moved for reconsideration for the following meeting. The reconsideration was not passed on Tuesday night, and the decision will remain the same.

To open the issue, members of the public spoke on their positions. Wisconsin citizen James Reiff believes the dead should be left alone. “These men too were Americans and fought for what was important for them. We owe it to them to keep that cemetery in good orders and keep the monuments that were there,” Reiff said. “Don’t make war on the dead.”

Following public comments, the decision was opened to council members, where Alder Paul Skidmore, District 9, asked for reconsideration so the cenotaph can remain where it is.

Skidmore said he has heard from many citizens who believe the cenotaph should remain in place, and he agrees. “I spoke about my support to keep the cenotaph, but I also support the discussion that we are not here to celebrate or honor the Confederacy or its cause,” Skidmore said. “The effort you are hearing is to honor the dead and allow for forgiveness and reconciliation with history.”

Skidmore emphasized that this is not an issue of racism. He said the memorials do not promote racism or the Confederacy, but are meant to be the final resting place of 140 people who were prisoners of the war.

However, Alder Mark Clear said he has not seen anything to make him believe the council should take the issue up again, as the vote was unanimous at the April meeting.

Alder David Ahrens sided with Skidmore, saying there should be an addition of a sign to explain the monuments. “The act of remembrance is important to all parties and by remembering the dead, we are not revering the actions, but there would need to be an explanation to the monuments,” Ahrens said.

After discussion, the council voted for there to be no reconsideration of the decision previously made. The vote was 14-4 to keep the April 10 decision.

(Article courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, May 4, 2018 ed.)

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