Confederate Memorial Day observance planned at Cedar Grove Cemetery

Staff Reports • Updated Jun 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM

A Southern tradition will again be observed as members of the Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans gather to observe Confederate Memorial Day in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon.

The public is invited. The service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. and honor all Confederate soldiers. There are more than 150 Confederate veterans buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Randy Lucas, brigade commander for the Sons of Confederate Veterans will be the special speaker, and the Lebanon chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will lay a wreath in honor of those buried there.

 “We organize a memorial service every year,” said Barry Forkum, commander of the Hatton Camp. “These men left their families and suffered tremendous hardships in order to defend their hearth and home against an invading army. The odds were overwhelming, but the cause was noble and one we can still appreciate today. Our goal is always to bring honor and recognition to our ancestors’ good name.”

In Tennessee, state law recognizes Confederate Memorial Day as a day of remembrance, reflection, commemoration and celebration. It is the day when all Tennesseans are encouraged to honor the Volunteer State's Confederate heritage, its Confederate heroes, and the Confederacy's president, Jefferson Davis, who was born June 3, 1808 in Fairview, Ky.

The Lebanon-based Robert H. Hatton Camp is an affiliate member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and works throughout the year as an historical honor society seeking to perpetuate the true history of the South through preserving and honoring Southern culture and heritage. 

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