Memorial Marker Dedication Ceremony

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

"To know that we honored five Texas Men who gave all that they had for something that they believed in, a cause they believed in, and a cause that we honor and trust."

Those are the words of Shirley Woodlock, the President of the Texas Division of the United Daughters of The Confederacy, telling us why the group brought a memorial marker to Meridian.

"This celebration today is for five Texans buried in the confederate mound here. They originally died where the original Number One Fire Station in Meridian is at the Day Hospital," explains Walton Moore.

Sounds of remembrance and recognition filled Meridian's Rose Hill Cemetery located on 7th Street and 40th Avenue. Family members and friends with ancestors buried in the cemetery attended the dedication of the memorial marker honoring five Texas Confederate Soldiers. This marker is especially important to Gary Max Rozzell. Although his actual hometown is in Texas, this burial site is a piece of his childhood.

"Well actually it's kind of special today because believe it or not I grew up as a child about thirty miles from here in Butler, Alabama and never knew that. I came to this cemetery as a kid," remembers Rozzell.

Officials with the Rose Hill Cemetery say they have not been able to pin point the date of the first burials there. The oldest marker that has been found is dated i 1853. However, there were burials prior to that date. No matter what the date, Rozzell believes this memorial marker will remind us all of the soldier's bravery.

"As a monument it is going to bring recognition not only to the soldiers that are here, but in remembrance of a war that is not forgotten. Soldiers that were buried here, whether they were union or confederate. We need to remember the men who fought in that war and this is a way of doing that."

The Texas division of this group was founded in Victoria, Texas on May 15, 1896. It remains one of the largest and strongest divisions. In 2008, the estimated membership of the Texas Division was over 2,700 and is organized into 86 chapters across the lone star state.

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  • by Namuni Location: Knoxville, Tennessee on Jul 4, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    Thank you Texas Daughters for this service. It was beautiful, wish I could have been with you! God Bless America and God Bless the South! May we all remember well!
  • by Cathy Location: Texas on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    This was a beautiful dedication to the memory of our ancestors that fought and died for rights as free Americans. The ceremony was memorable. I love the idea of bringing the Texas soil to place on the site. The monument is exquisite, Great Job! I am so very sorry I wasn't able to attend and witness this moving dedication to our ancestors. I will be stopping by to view this memorial next time I go back home to Alabama. Shirley, thank you for being the fantastic Division President you are of our Texas UDC. It is so obvious that your heart is true to our cause. This looks like such a great success, I am so proud to be a part of this group of women. Cathy Gen. J.S. Griffith Chapter 509 Terrell, Texas
  • by Shirley Location: Texas on Jun 30, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    It was an honor and a privilege to be in Rose Hill Cemetery on June 27 as members of The Texas Division United Daughters of the Confederacy, assisted by members, family and friends of The Texas and Mississippi Division UDC,CofC,SCV,MOS&B,DCV;also the the many others who attended and helped as we dedicated a memorial marker for five Texas Confederate soldiers who are buried in the Mass Burial Mound which is located in the cemetery. The Texas Division UDC wishes to thank WTOK and The Meridian Star for local coverage and to all others who assisted in some way as we honored and remembered these men. Shirley Woodlock, President(2008-2010,)The Texas Division UDC
  • by Gunner Location: Ripley, Miss on Jun 29, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    No, just slow mines looking for shootings and bad news. Try to enjoy the good things in life for a change!
  • by Zoe Location: Forest MS on Jun 29, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    It was an absolute honor to play at the dedication program Sunday. I always love to share the bagpipe music with the public. The program was well done, reverent and well versed. I hope to be able to play at more gatherings like this. I am glad WTOK came to this, even though I can't pick up channel 11 on my television. Thanks for posting this story and video on the website.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    There are some of us who will never forget because our ancestors didn't fight over anything but perserving their homes from the "big brother" that was trying to dictate how they would live. We never owned slaves, only 10% of MS residents did at the beginning of the war.That was never an issue for most. Please note how the federal government "big brother" has failed to do little to help and has done everything to stop locals from protecting our coast line from the oil themselves. Makes me wonder if we are still in the same struggle. These conferate soldiers were honorable men, obviously mostly from that 90%, who gave their lives for what they believed in and left families they loved. We all know how the Federals burned and destroyed in the South but General Lee told his soldiers that they were to leave the northern countryside the same as before they marched thru and there are records that confirm that is what happened. Leaders always set the example.We will always remember.
  • by Redline Citizen Location: Meridian on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM
    Must have been a real slow news day WTOK !!!!!!!!
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