Remembering Confederate Memorial Day
Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
1064 West Mill Drive
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
Phone: 770 428 0978
If you were to ask your Grandfather about
Confederate Memorial Day, he might tell you a story from the past
when children grew up to be proud of their ancestors and were
taught American History in school. He might tell you about the
time school boys and girls walked in the Confederate Memorial Day
Parade with the Veterans.
Once upon a time schools and merchants closed
their doors for Confederate Memorial Day and many thousands would
gather at the local cemetery for a day of speeches, singing and
remembrance of the brave soldiers buried there. Old Veterans
saluted as children lay flowers on Heroes graves. The people stood
up reverently as the band played "Dixie."
A short distance from the Marietta National
Cemetery is the Historic Marietta Confederate Cemetery located
near the Marietta, Georgia square and off Powder Springs Road. For
over One Hundred years the United Daughters of the Confederacy
have sponsored Confederate Memorial Day observances to the men and
women who defended home and family during the War Between the
States of 1861-1865.
Inscribed on Marietta's Confederate monument,
erected in 1908 by the UDC, are the words, " To the 3,000 soldiers
in this cemetery, from every Southern state, who fell on Georgia
soil. In defense of Georgia rights and Georgia Homes." There are
many other like monuments erected a century ago by the Ladies
Memorial Association and United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Old Times Will Not Be Forgotten in 2005!
The Sons of Confederate Veterans invites you to
their 10th Annual Confederate Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, April
24, 2005, in Marietta, Georgia. The parade will begin at 1:30PM
from the staging area and parking lot of the First Methodist
Church of Marietta. The Parade will then proceed on Powder Springs
Road to Marietta Confederate Cemetery where the United Daughters
of the Confederacy will conduct their annual Confederate Memorial
April is Confederate History and Heritage Month
and in 2005, has been Proclaimed by the
State of Georgia,
Cobb County Board of Commissioners,
City of Marietta, Georgia and
many other counties, cities and states.
"They sleep the sleep of our noble slain,
Defeated, yet without stain, proudly and peacefully."
Inscribed on the Marietta Confederate Cemetery Monument.
Be a part of history and bring your family to
celebrate over a century of tradition on Confederate Memorial Day
in Marietta, Georgia and throughout the South. Contact your local
historical organization about the events being planned.
Lest We Forget!
for a list of Confederate History and Heritage Month Proclamations
issued in 2005.