April is Confederate History month, and on Sunday, April 11, the Appomattox United Daughters of the Confederacy held its annual Memorial Service at the Confederate Cemetery.
Special guest speaker was Dr. H. Rondel Rumburg of Spout Spring.
The Appomattox Courthouse Rangers SCV, Napoleon Bonaparte Ponton Camp, Charlotte County Grays Camp, and the High Bridge SCV Camp presented the color guard and musket salute.
Wreaths were presented by Appomattox UDC, Appomattox Juniors CofC, Virginia Division CofC, Mary Oney Fizer UDC, Jubal Early UDC, Fredericksburg UDC, H.A. Carrington UDC, and Farmville Chapter UDC, Virginia Society of the Confederate Rose, Charlotte County Grays SCV, Historic Staunton River Foundation, Julia Jackson Chapter UDC, and the Napoleon Bonaparte SCV.
Mrs. Karen Sale, president of the Appomattox Chapter welcomed all to the program. Greetings were brought by the CofC General 2nd Vice President and Appomattox Juniors member, Miss Laural Williams.
Miss Autumn Shook, Appomattox Juniors member, sang songs. Mrs. Susan Reynolds of the Appomattox UDC read a poem. Ms. Stella Osborne introduced the speaker and the attendees who presented wreaths.
The invocation and benediction was given by Mr. Joe Ferris of the Appomattox Rangers Camp. Mr. Keith Hamilton, also from the Appomattox Rangers Camp, played taps. The Appomattox Juniors CofC led the pledges.
Each Confederate’s grave was presented with a flag, as well as the American Flag to the one Union soldier who is laid to rest here. Flowers were also laid on each grave as a reminder to all for their sacrifices and service that was made during those four long years of war.
The Appomattox UDC released the following statement:
“The Appomattox UDC would like to acknowledge all UDC groups and SCV camps that came and participated in our program. It was our honor to present this special service, which has been conducted at this location for over 100 years.”
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