Confederate Memorial Service

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has signed a proclamation declaring April Confederate Heritage Month in Mississippi.

The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors did likewise for Lauderdale County. There will be several Confederate Memorial Services in our area and the public is encouraged to attend.

The first of those Memorial Services was Sunday, April 11th at the Marion Confederate Cemetery.

Those who helped with the service say it's important for the memory of our ancestors.

"Because we think it's very important what our ancestors fought for. They fought for the same things as George Washington and Jefferson and the people who founded this country. And that's just for independence; independence to govern ourselves like we see fit. We think it is very important that their memory is not forgotten. The way today is a lot of people would like to forget them and what they stood for, but we keep their memory alive and honor our ancestors because we thinks it's very important for what they stood for," says Scott McQuaig, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

There will be 2 other Memorial Services of this kind. The next one is Sunday, April 25th at the Lauderdale Springs Confederate/Union Cemetery. It starts at 3 p.m.

The other one is Monday, April 26th at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. It starts at noon.

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  • by Kristina Mullenix Location: Meridian, MS on Apr 12, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    I understand the governor's intention of honoring veterans; however, this proclamation disappoints me. The state of Mississippi played a major role in the Civil Rights Era- you might even say its roots lie here. The days of segregation and Jim Crow laws are gone, but racism still runs strong- not only here, but in many other places, as well. There is much healing that is necessary in order for our state to move beyond those dark and terrible days. I would have hoped that Governor Barbour would have understood this. His proclamation does not foster any healing, but instead, it festers the bitterness that still exists because of wounds that still need binding.
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Apr 12, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    Haley can say what he wants. This is from Mississippi's Secession document. A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union. In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course. Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.
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