Confederate Flag Day Slated
April 14, 2011
CONFEDERATE HERITAGE DAY TO BE CELEBRATED SATURDAY AT STATE CAPITOL
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 23, 2011); The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held at 11 am Saturday, April 23, on the state capitol grounds. This is another part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans observing the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
The event is a celebration of three separate events: Arkansas Confederate History and Heritage Month, Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate Flag Day.
This is the fiftieth year that all three events have been combined into one.
The public is invited to attend and bring examples of the variety of flags used by Arkansas units and of the Confederate government and its army during the War. At least 16 different patterns of flags will be on display.
SCV members, Reenactors and Living Historians in period clothing will lay flowers and fire a gun salute at the conclusion of the ceremony. Men from SCV camps and reenactors from all over Arkansas are scheduled to attend.
Among those organizations taking part in the event are the Arkansas Reenactors, Children of the Confederacy, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of Stars and Bars. In the event of rain the Confederate Memorial will be moved inside the capitol building for an abbreviated ceremony.
Beginning at 11 a.m., the names of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-1865 will be read at the Confederate monument located at the northeast corner of the capitol grounds. A bell will be rung following each name.
An estimated 60,000 Arkansawers enlisted in Confederate units and that at least 6,800 are known to have been killed or died of disease during the War. Some of the approximately 3,000 names of those dead will be read during the ceremony.
The Confederate Heritage Day program will begin at 11:30am.
W. Danny Honnoll, Commander of the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp of Jonesboro, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), will be master of ceremonies. Mark Kalkbrenner Ark Div Commander will take part in the ceremony honor the individuals that wore the gray. The SCV is an organization of descendants of men who served in the Confederate armed forces. The Ark Div Honor Guard will fire a three volley salute to the men that serviced the Confederate Army. Mrs. Dale (Bobbie) Barnett of Ravenden will be dressed in a mourning dress and represent the widows of the fallen men of Arkansas.
Confederate Memorial Day is a day celebrated in Southern states to remember Confederate dead. It is generally held on the last Sunday in April.
Immediately after the war ended in 1865, Southern women began the tradition of scattering spring flowers on the graves of soldiers, both Confederate and Union, buried in their hometowns.
In 1868, the United States officially picked up the same tradition for the dead of all wars and it became the national Memorial Day, now held on the last Monday in May.
Confederate Flag Day was designated by Arkansas State Statute 69-110 and establishes the day as the Saturday immediately preceding Easter Sunday.
Flag Day commemorates the wide variety of flags used by the Confederate States government and the military units.