After being denied a booth in the Dogwood Trails Festival last month, a decision that attracted regional media attention, the John H. Reagan Camp No. 2156 had to find another way to promote their upcoming event — the dedication ceremony of the Confederate Veterans Memorial Plaza set for Saturday, April 13.
The organization chose to host their own informational and educational booth featuring a Civil War relics display at their site, located a few blocks from downtown Palestine where the festival took place, to promote their event.
Now the John H. Reagan Camp No. 2156 and the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are inviting the public to the dedication ceremony on April 13, kicking the event off with a parade starting at 10 a.m. at the Anderson County Courthouse and ending at the Memorial Plaza. The dedication ceremony will start at 11 a.m.
The Confederate Veterans Memorial Plaza in Palestine will honor CSA veterans from Anderson County, the State of Texas, and from across the South.
Located across the street from the current Veterans’ Memorial Park, the plaza will serve as a permanent place of honor and remembrance for these brave men who fought for a noble cause, according to the group.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans also plan to offer regular on-site educational programs to the general public.
Included in this memorial plaza will be memorial brick pavers engraved with the names of veterans along with their rank and unit. There also will be historical interpretive markers and five flags flying at all times. The center flag pole will have the state flag of Texas flying on it. The Texas state flag will be surrounded by the first, second, and third national flags of the Confederacy along with the Confederate battle flag or the soldiers’ flag. The state flag of Texas was not only used at the time of the War as a state flag, it also was used as a battle flag by various Texas units.
Officers and members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Order of Confederate Rose from across Texas and other states will be in attendance to dedicate this memorial plaza.
The parade will start at the Anderson County Courthouse, 500 N. Church Street and travel west on Avenue A to Oak Street. It will then proceed west on Oak Street to the Confederate Veterans Memorial Plaza at 600 W. Oak St.
Featured in the parade will be horses, cannons, and many reenactors in Confederate infantry, cavalry, and artillery uniforms. The parade will also feature ladies in period attire, SCV “mechanized cavalry” on motorcycles, and more.
The public is encouraged to attend the parade and ceremony to honor their Southern Heritage. In the process, they will help the SCV, UDC, and OCR dedicate the Memorial Plaza.
For comfort, please bring a lawn chair.
One also may honor a Confederate veteran by having the name, rank, and unit of the soldier inscribed on a memorial brick paver in the plaza. Forms are available at www.reaganscvcamp.org.
For more information, contact: Dan Dyer, Commander, John H. Reagan Camp 2156, SCV at firstname.lastname@example.org or Johnnie Holley, 1st Lt. Commander, Texas Division, SCV at JLH63@flash.net