Event Honors Fallen Ancestors

In 1866, the very first Confederate Memorial Day was held and on the grounds of Beauvoir this weekend that memorial ceremony continues. It's their way of honoring those Confederate soldiers who fought in the civil war and remembering ancestors who gave them their southern heritage.

Robert Hawkins is the Director at Beauvoir and says, "It's a chance for us to come together and remember a very special group of people, remember their suffering and sacrifice and also it's about gathering and camaraderie."

Earl Faggert is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and says, "I remember my family, my 60 some odd Confederate ancestors who served in the Confederate Army all over this nation many of them did not return from the War Between the States."

Each year they also turn to the tomb of the unknown confederate soldier and wreaths are placed around the tomb as the ceremony serves to honor all of those soldiers who haven't been identified. Inside there are almost 800 soldiers who remain without a name on their own marker.

Ed Deason is also with the Sons of Confederate Veterans and says, "I think it's important that people realize and recognize that we do honor our fallen heroes for good reason because they served a very important cause in the annuls of history and we're quite proud of them."

Because many of the people who come to this ceremony each year have relatives who died during the war, this is an event they look forward to each year.

Earl Faggert says, "This is a special day on my calendar, Confederate Memorial Day means a lot to my family and has for a long time."

Robert Hawkins says, "This one is special for its own unique background and own unique purpose, this is a day we pause and remember those veterans, on other days we do different things and remember different parts of history, today is about them."