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.