Enterprise Woman's Club Honors Fallen Confederate Soldiers

By: Candace Barnette Email
By: Candace Barnette Email

Hundreds of graves line the Enterprise Confederate Cemetery, each one for a fallen soldier who is gone but not forgotten.

The Enterprise Woman's Club has made it a mission to ensure that those men buried in their town are properly honored. That concept led to a flag dedication and memorial service at the cemetery.

"Just as our soldiers today fight for our country, this is what these young men fought for at that time in history, and we wanted to honor them. They're veterans and we wanted to salute them for their participation and what they felt was right," Martha Buckley of the Enterprise Woman's Club says.

There are 400 confederate soldiers buried in this cemetery, and the Enterprise Woman's Club has identified 219 of those men from the records book in Washington, D.C. Those 219 came from across 13 different states. During the ceremony, they raised a flag for each one.

"These flags represent the people that are buried here from those states. At one time there were a hospital here, and those men are most likely ones that died in that hospital," Capt. David Sessums says.

Those who participated say the decision to honor these fallen Confederate soldiers was an easy one.

"Being an ex-military person, myself, I understand dying for your causes, and doing what you have to do. So I think that everyone should be remembered and paid tribute to," Corp. Charles Calvert says.

A tiny flag was placed at each grave, and the program ended with a rifle salute in memory of those who died for their beliefs.


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